Air freight sees surge in 2010

by Array

MM&D MAGAZINE, MARCH/APRIL 2011

International air freight increased by 20.5 percent over 2009, according to annual statistics released by the Airports Council International (ACI) in March.

Preliminary traffic results, based on reports from over 900 airports worldwide, show cargo rose strongly by 15.2 percent over 2009. The recovery was strongest in the freight sector where all regions showed a robust double-digit increase in tonnage, led by Asia-Pacific (up 18.6 percent) and Europe (up 17 percent).

Hong Kong is now the world’s largest cargo airport, up 23.3 percent from 2009 with 4,168,394 tonnes of cargo loaded and unloaded. Memphis, Tennessee was second with 3,916,937 tonnes, up 5.9 percent from the previous year. Shanghai was third with 3,227,914 tonnes, a 27.1 percent increase.

“Passenger and freight growth clearly surpassed global GDP growth in 2010,” said ACI world director general Angela Gittens. GDP growth projections for this and the coming years are high, creating a positive outlook for demand for air transport.”