A record Q1 for cargo at Leipzig/Halle despite weakening in German market

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Germany’s Leipzig/Halle Airport set another record for cargo volumes in the first quarter while the overall German market showed signs of weakening in March.

The airport – the fourth largest in Europe in terms of cargo – handled 385,438 tonnes of freight in the first three months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 7.3%.

The increase follows on from a record 2021 when the freighter hub handled 1.6m tonnes of cargo – its best ever result and an increase of more than 15% compared with 2020.

The number of aircraft movements rose by 12.9% to 18,352 in the first quarter of 2022.

Germany update

Meanwhile, German airport association ADV reported a slight increase in overall cargo volumes in the country in the first quarter despite a dip in March.

ADV said that over the first three months, cargo volumes at German airports increased by 0.7% to 1.3m tonnes.

In March, however, there was a drop of 4.3% year on year to 453,588 tonnes.

“The Russia-Ukraine war is having an impact on air freight development: the airspace closures over Russia for German and EU carriers are still preventing growth,” the association said.

“The Siberia routes are the shortest way to the important cargo markets in Japan, South Korea and China.”

ADV said that imports had dropped by 4.2% year on year during the month to 237,437 tonnes and exports were down by 4.4% to 216,151 tonnes.

However, the association pointed out that volumes in March were up on the same month in pre-covid year 2019 by around 3%.

Cargo volumes continue to grow at Leipzig

Leipzig/Halle expects another busy year for cargo after a record 2020

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]