CMA CGM Air Cargo has moved to quell the fears of forwarders by insisting they “are essential” to its business.

CMA CGM also owns Ceva Logistics, leading to concerns that the carrier is ‘Ceva’s airline’ and last year there were fears the shipping line may follow the example of Maersk and cut capacity to forwarders.

However, at last week’s World Cargo Symposium in London, the airline’s CEO, Olivier Casanova (pictured), formerly CFO of Ceva and deputy CFO at CMA CGM,  who has never worked in aviation, emphasised the crucial role of forwarders in air freight.

“We are a newcomer, and the idea was to launch a new French airline dedicated to cargo,” he said. “It’s an important step in the vision of our chairman, Rudolphe Saade.

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