31 October 2016

Etihad Cargo hosts Italian business mission in Abu Dhabi


Etihad Global Cargo Management Company and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce have hosted a networking event for 20 industrial powerhouses from Parma, Italy, who collectively represent 3.7% of the Italian GDP, along with 75 representatives from Emirati businesses.

The event offered the opportunity for the key industry players to learn more about the UAE and the Etihad Aviation Group, while promoting partnership and business opportunities.

It followed the recent signing by Etihad Global Cargo Management Company (Etihad GCMC) and Parma Airport of an exclusive agreement to develop cargo volumes at the airport. As part of the agreement daily road feeder services will be operated to Italy’s air cargo hub, Milan’s Malpensa Airport, 180 km away. The project, being developed in conjunction with Etihad GCMC partner airline Alitalia, provides regional businesses with rapid delivery of their products to a global market.

Parma is the centre of one of the largest exporting regions in Italy for high value commodities – such as chemicals and pharma products and foodstuffs – which require swift, secure transport through an international network which Etihad GCMC and its partners facilitate.

David Kerr, Senior Vice President of Etihad Cargo, said: “Our partnership is more than one between aviation entities, but two countries. It was an honour to welcome the Italian delegates to Abu Dhabi and we are looking forward to creating new business opportunities by connecting local producers with global customers through our vast network of more than 250 destinations.”

Alberto Figna, Chairman of the Unione Industriali, said: “With the co-operation of Etihad GCMC, the strategic development plan for Parma Airport is already coming to life. We are really honored to have gained the interest of Etihad Airways, a key player in the world of aviation. I am proud of the agreement which will generate new business opportunities for Parma and neighboring territories.”

Federico Pizzarotti, Mayor of Parma, stated: “I am proud of what has been done by Etihad Airways and our airport in Parma, which will serve to boost trade between our countries.”

Photo caption: Italian and Emirati businesspeople at a networking event in Abu Dhabi, hosted by Etihad Global Cargo Management Company and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.