Press Release

TNT Express Expands Network with Launch of New Air Connection to Turku, Finland

Publish Date : 1 March 2004 at 16:03 CET - TNT Express - the world's leading b2b express carrier- today announced that it is further expanding its European air network, with a dedicated 16-tonne B737 aircraft operating directly between the company's European Air Hub in Liége, Belgium, and Turku airport in Finland from 1st March 2004.

The new daily route will improve delivery times for imports to customers by over two hours and extend collection times for exports - also by two hours - giving TNT a competitive advantage over other express carriers in the region.

TNT operations at Turku airport will be supported by a dedicated ground handling team and a fully operational company-owned warehouse. Prior to opening this new air link, TNT Express serviced Turku and its surrounding area using road connections and uplift from Helsinki airport.

Christian Drenthen, Managing Director, TNT Express worldwide networks said: “The additional air linehaul connection will substantially improve connections between western and central Finland and strengthen TNT's already dominant position in the market. Our aim - as Europe's leading express carrier - is to continually improve transit times in order to offer our customers a faster, more reliable and more efficient service. The new route not only provides market-leading connectivity for our global network of customers, but also strengthens our operations within Finland.”

The new air connection will also enable TNT Express to re-route its aircraft from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Turku, rather than the previous routing through Helsinki. This means a 25 minute improvement on departure times from Tallinn where TNT will now depart 90 minutes later than both DHL and UPS, again further strengthening its competitive advantage.

Page publication date: 1 March 2004 at 16:03 CET