DHL commences freight operations from Cork Airport

DHL Express is to establish new cargo operations from Cork running a daily flight to the courier service’s largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. 

The freight service will be operated initially by a Boeing 767 lower deck aircraft five days per week, Monday to Friday inclusive.

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport welcome the DHL Express Cargo Operations to Cork. “With the changes arising from Covid-19, it has provided the opportunity to us to diversify our business into new areas supporting cargo, offshore gas and wind operations,” he said.

“The aircraft to be operated by DHL is a large wide-body and we are delighted that Cork and Munster will now have an additional five times weekly air cargo operation to serve the expanding needs of the business community of the South of Ireland. We look forward to working with our new partners DHL Express into the future”, he added.

Mike Farrell, Operations Director at DHL Express Ireland said the new flight will allow for for earlier deliveries and later collections for its customers.

“The Cork region continues to be a hugely important part of the DHL Express Ireland network and as volumes continue to grow both in and out of the region, it has allowed us to take the next step in our development through operating a dedicated aircraft in this sector.

Condor, the German leisure airline, has leased four Boeing 767-300’s to DHL to carry cargo instead of passengers. The aircraft are being used by DHL to supplement the increase in cargo capacity on a number of routes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of these leased aircraft will operate on specific routes for DHL from their new operation at Cork Airport.