Virgin Atlantic Cargo reported a healthy turnover of £225.3m for 2013, exceeding expectations in a challenging global market.

The year ended December 31st 2013 saw the airline achieve the highest ever average cargo load factor in its 30-year history of 76%, up 6% year-on-year and well ahead of the industry average.

Tonnage carried by Virgin Atlantic was 5% higher at 224,500 tonnes in 2013 in a market that declined 0.5% overall. Revenues were down 3% compared to the previous year, reflecting the airline’s 7% reduction in capacity over the year.