Cargolux Airlines said it recorded a 15.7% increase in the number of live animal transportations between 2017 and 2018.
A large portion of that growth was driven by horses, the freight carrier said in a press release on 30 January. “The number of equines handled by Cargolux surged by 30%, from 2,000 to 2,600 horses, between 2017 and 2018”.
“Horses represent a non-negligible 50% of the total amount of live animals handled by the company annually,” the company stated.
Cargolux said its aircraft are “equipped with multi-zone air-conditioning systems that can be adapted to suit any animal’s environment throughout the flight.”
Findel airport-based Cargolux is the largest all cargo airline in Europe and 6th largest worldwide. It flew more than 1m chargeable tonnes during its 2017 financial year.