Neil Vernon, Virgin Atlantic’s VP Sales APAC

Virgin Atlantic rewards Interglobe with new GSSA contract with India set for growth

(Inset) Neil Vernon, Virgin Atlantic’s VP Sales APAC

With indicators predicting that India’s airfreight market will grow by 6-7% this year, boosted in part by the upturn in the US economy, Virgin Atlantic Cargo has awarded a new and extended general sales and service agency (GSSA) contract to InterGlobe Air Transport (IGAT) to cover cargo and courier business in the country.

In addition to extending its 12-year working partnership with Delhi-based IGAT for cargo sales, Virgin Atlantic has also awarded IGAT the GSSA contract for the airline’s VEX courier express product to streamline the sales process with customers in India.

Neil Vernon, Virgin Atlantic’s VP Sales APAC, said: “India is a very important air cargo market and one we have been proud to serve for nearly 15 years.

“As well as carrying a wide range of shipments from India to major regions of the UK and Ireland, our fast connections over London mean customers in India also use Virgin as their preferred carrier to New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington and Atlanta and we expect to see these volumes increase as a result of the improvements in the US economy.

In another development, Virgin Atlantic is to withdraw operations on its Mumbai route at the end of January; however Neil Vernon is hoping that some of its customers using the route will continue to fly cargo with the carrier out of Delhi.