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Hong Kong airport first half cargo up 11.3% to 2.3 mt 21 July 2017

Hong Kong International Airport's (HKIA) cargo throughput increased 11.3% to 2.3 million tonnes (mt) in the first six months of 2017, assisted by a June export surge.

Cargo throughput in June was 410,000 tonnes, representing year-on-year growth of 11.4% at the world's number one air freight hub in 2016. Passenger throughput was up 1.3%to 35.7 million while flight movements increased 0.9% to 206,560 year on year.

The HKIA said that the strong half year cargo result was due largely to higher exports coinciding with an improvement in global trade.

"A 17%year-on-year increase in June exports led to high growth in cargo tonnage for the month. Tr...

Amsterdam Schiphol air cargo volume increases 9.8% in June 21 July 2017

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol saw cargo volume rise 9.8% year on year in June, while the number of freighter flights rose 3.9%.

In the first six months of the year, cargo volume at the airport increased 8.7%, and the number of air transport movements climbed 4.9% year on year. In June, passenger numbers grew 7.1% to reach 6.1 million.

This figure was the result of 3.8% more flight movements, larger aircraft and an increased load factor.


Cambodian air cargo volumes increase 34% in first half of 2017 20 July 2017

Air traffic for Cambodia's three big airports increased 23% in the first six months of the year, driven by Chinese tourism.

The official reports also said cargo volumes increased 34% year on year increase, crediting a positive economic environment and the increased numbers of cargo carriers operating out of Phnom Penh's international airport.


Cathay Pacific & Cathay Dragon carry more cargo in June 19 July 2017

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have carried more cargo and mail in June 2017 compared to the same month in 2016.

The two airlines carried 170,476 tonnes of cargo and mail last month, an increase of 12.8% compared to the same month last year.

The cargo and mail load factor rose by 4 percentage points to 68.3%. Capacity, measured in available cargo/mail tonne kilometres, was up by 4.8% while cargo and mail revenue tonne kilometres (RTKs) increased by 11.3%.

In the first six months of 2017, the tonnage rose by 11.5% against a 2.3% increase in capacity and an 8.9% increase in RTKs.

Looking ahead, the airfreight market remains strong and this sh...

HKIA handles record 4.6 mt of airfreight 07 July 2017

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) enjoyed a fruitful year in 2016/17, setting new annual records in all three air traffic figures: cargo, passenger and flight movements.

During the fiscal year, cargo volume rose 6.7% to 4.6 million tonnes, securing HKIA as the world's busiest cargo airport for the seventh consecutive year.

In the same reporting period, passenger traffic rose 1.1% to 70.5 million, breaching the 70 million mark for the first time.

Flight movements also increased, by 0.1% to 410,440. To cope with the future air traffic demand, construction for expanding HKIA into a three-runway system (3RS) commenced in August 2016.


Global air cargo demand increases 13% in May 07 July 2017

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period.

This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and is more than 3 times higher than the five-year average growth rate of 3.8%. Freight capacity, measured in available AFTK, grew by 5.2% year-on-year in May 2017.

The continued growth in air freight demand is consistent with an improvement in world trade.

This, in turn, corresponds with new global export orders remaining close to a six-year high in May. There are, how...

Cargolux Airlines adds Atlanta to US services from Zhengzhou in China 06 July 2017

Cargolux Airlines has added Atlanta to destinations served from its Chinese hub in Zhengzhou (CGO), making it the second US destination, after Chicago, to receive direct freighter connections from Zhengzhou.

The European cargo carrier introduced its first commercial service from CGO to Atlanta in June 30, in combination with Chicago, on its flight CV9765 that originates and ends in Luxembourg.

A second new service from Zhengzhou to Atlanta will start on July 4. In addition, Cargolux connects Zhengzhou and Chicago with direct flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

An airline spokesperson said: "The two additional China-US services cement Cargol...

AA Cargo adds new Heathrow cool facility 01 July 2017

American Airlines (AA) Cargo has opened a new Controlled Room Temperature (CRT) facility at its London Heathrow (LHR) cargo centre.

he new room is 160 square meter and can accommodate up to 16 times more standard euro skid pallets at one time than the previous room.

Euro Scan software is used to monitor precise temperatures within the facility, which will provide real-time information to the American operations team, and will be used for reporting purposes.

As the second largest carrier from LHR across the Atlantic, American offers up to 20 daily departures to the US, including two daily flights between LHR and Philadelphia (PHL), home to American&rsquo...

Air cargo rates are expected to rebound in June 28 June 2017

The average all-in air freight buy rate across 21 major east-west trade lanes rose by 5.3% in May, compared to the same month last year, to reach USD 2.78 per kilogramme.

However, prices were lower than in April when airlines attained a rate of USD 2.87 per kg due to declines on the transpacific.

Looking ahead, the consultant forecasts an improvement in June: "Drewry's east-west Airfreight Price Index fell by 3.1% month-on-month in May due to lower rates on Asia to North America.

"The index is now about 5.3% above the same month last year, indicating strong underlying market fundamentals."


Qatar airport first half cargo increases 19% to 980,000 tonnes 23 June 2017

Qatar 's Hamad International Airport (HIA), posted a 19% year-on-year first half increase in cargo volume to 980,000 tonnes.

In the first six months of the year, 19 million passengers passed through the airport, representing a year-on-year increase of 8%, said the airport authority.

Airport chief operating officer Mohammed Al Meer said that "Our growing passenger figures and cargo operations are a testament to our resilient and sustainable airport operations.”

He said that "Our promise of operational excellence is at the core of our business. HIA is a robust organisation backed by a committed and hardworking team.”


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