Portugal could be a “much bigger gateway” for DHL’s business than it is today, said Dinheiro Vivo, CEO of DHL Express John Pearson, on the sidelines of the 2022 Trade Growth Atlas launch in Brussels, noting that there are business opportunities in the country’s largest distribution and logistics group in the world. However, the group has been trying “for years” to set up a new logistics terminal in Lisbon, but to no avail.
“We have been trying for many years with the ANA and the airport administration to create a new infrastructure, I think we are close to this. Our planes,” he emphasizes. DHL has grown “very fast” and has a “very healthy business with a very high market share” in Portugal, with good prospects “especially in the consumer segment”, which Pearson said could create “more terminals and jobs”.
DHL Express Portugal CEO José António Reis confirms: “Lisbon has had great difficulty in investing around 50 million euros in infrastructure that allows it to respond to the needs of Portuguese exporters and importers in other ways.”
We are talking about the expansion of DHL Express Portugal to improve working conditions in Lisbon. “This is a project on which we have been working for more than eight years, but which, for various reasons, completely beyond our control, has not yet materialized,” the manager laments. In 2018, DHL announced that it had reached an agreement with ANA-Aeroportos de Portugal to build a new express cargo terminal in Lisbon. About a year later, he was still waiting to receive a license from the Lisbon City Council. In 2022, the company’s ambitions remain unfulfilled.
Despite this restriction in the capital, José António Reis assures that the country remains “a strategic location for the development of international trade and a strategic geography for the group.” Although he did not specify, the CEO emphasizes that it is also planned to “strengthen the work” of the air cargo terminal in Porto.
DHL currently has ten operations centers in Portugal, north to south and to the islands, in addition to two of its own stores (one in Lisbon and one in Porto). There are 400 partner stores in the network of service points with international express delivery. “The goal is to keep expanding our network,” says the manager. In terms of DHL air cargo through Portugal, there is “a daily special flight from Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon and two daily flights from Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport in Maia, also counting on additional flights frequently.” These are cargo flights, and they “meet high demand”, so, according to the manager, the investment in the Portuguese operation is justified for the company.
José António Reis recalls that in 2021 the group “reached a new all-time high”. In Portugal, the volume of parcels with departure and destination in the country amounted to “more than 25 thousand tons” processed by DHL. There was a “25% increase in order volume compared to 2020 in terms of imports and a 13% increase in shipments from Portugal”. According to the data, the manager says that Time Definite International’s order volume has “greatly increased”, “mainly due to cross-border e-commerce.” And the upward trend in 2022 and 2023, despite the war in Ukraine, the official says.
In terms of financial results, José António Reis does not detail local data, but recalls that despite economic uncertainty, the group recorded €24 billion in revenue at the end of the second quarter of the year, with the Express area achieving “significant growth.” revenue”, about 17.5% to seven billion euros.
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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has just resumed crew training on its Airbus A380, showing positive signs that the superjumbo is back in the sky. Like many airlines around the world, Etihad suspended flights with this model after the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020, when the number of passengers fell and the UAE closed its borders.
Last April, the airline announced it was suspending its entire A380 fleet indefinitely to prioritize operations with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350-1000, which are considered more sustainable and cost-effective models.
As a result, 10 A380s were sent for long-term storage to special bases in France and Spain, where they were supposed to be on a permanent basis, then-CEO Tony Douglas said. came to warn that cannot be reactivated due to their high cost of ownership and the operator’s commitment to protecting the environment.
However, due to rising demand for passenger travel worldwide, the airline plans to bring back some of the giants very soon, according to a tweet from aviation expert Zulkarnain. In the post (below), he says that Etihad has just started training the A380 crew. He reveals that the comeback will take place next year and that the date will be confirmed soon.
We have just been informed that crew training has resumed.
This Wednesday, the labor secretary said the government is trying to ensure that pension increases begin to be paid in January and that differentials restore the amount provided in the formula.
“We expect this to happen as soon as possible,” said the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Méndez Godinho, when asked if pensioners would start receiving the new pension as early as January 2023. a commitment that we have made and today we had the calculations and forecasts presented by INE” according to which the government “will adjust the value to be updated in 2023 as a result of the most recent inflation data,” he said.
According to the minister, from January 2, 2023, pensions of up to 960 euros will be updated by 4.83%, which is basically the value that is the necessary differential to achieve the exact value provided in the formula. [de cálculo]in addition to the already paid half board.
For pensions from 960 euros to six AI, the increase will be 4.49%, and for pensions over six AI, the increase will be 3.89%, Ana Mendez Godinho specified, noting that “the AI itself will be updated by 8.4%”. , becoming 480 euros”. That is, he gave an example, “to a pension of 500 euros there will be an increase of about 24 euros.”
The Minister assured that “pensions are still not cut” and that “a decree will be issued to adjust these differential values to ensure that the sum between the two parts, between the half pension [que já foi paga] and this update that happens in 2023 guarantees exactly the same value [que] will give when applying the formula.
Ana Méndez Godinho spoke in Santarém on the sidelines of the Qualification Centers meeting, which takes place at the National Center for Agricultural Exhibitions and Markets under the motto “Transforming the PRR Program for Qualifications”.
IAS to be updated by 8.4% in 2023
The value of the Social Assistance Index (IAS) will be updated to 8.4% instead of 8% in 2023, increasing to 480.43 euros, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced today.
These adjustments, whether when updating IFRS or pensions, are based on inflation data released today by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which shows that the average inflation over the past 12 months, excluding housing (which usually serves as a benchmark for IAS and pension updates) was 7.46% in November, accelerating from 6.83% in the previous month.
The Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Protection said in a statement that the IAS – an index used to differentiate the renewal of pensions depending on their monthly value – will have “an increase of 8.4% in 2023, from 443.20 euros to 480.43 Euro. “.
Initially, the Government mentioned that IAS would be updated by 8%, recognizing that the value would be adjusted if the resulting inflation was higher than estimated.