Mixed August for European cargo hubs

European cargo hubs saw a mixed August, with two of the top three airports seeing monthly declines but year to date increases in airfreight volumes.
Cargo throughput (airfreight+airmail) at Frankfurt, Europe’s number cargo hub in 2015, remained “almost stable” at 171,871 tonnes in August, down 0.1% on the same month last year.
To date, the German airport has seen a marginal 0.7% increase in year to date figures of just under 1.4m tonnes for the eight months of 2016 ended August.
In 2015, Frankfurt saw a 2.5% decline in annual cargo throughputs to 2.1m tonnes, compared with 2014.
Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, third by European volumes in 2015 recorded a 1.3% decline in August to just under 136,000 tonnes but for the year to date is 1.6% ahead of the same period in 2015, with just over 1m tonnes for the first eight months of 2016.
London-Heathrow, the fourth largest European hub by volumes in 2015 at 1.5m tonnes, saw a 0.3% rise in throughput in August at 123,000 tonnes, and is 1.7% ahead year to date at just over 1m tonnes.
London-Stansted saw a 6.8% rise in August at 20,000 tonnes and is up by 8.1% year to date at 164,000 tonnes for the first eight months of 2016 versus 2015.
Paris, the second largest European hub in 2015 at just under 2.1m tonnes, saw a 2.8% rise in the first seven months of this year to 1.2m tonnes, but has yet to report its August statistics.
 In our airport review, the Air Cargo News edition of August 22, our table for the top European airports reporting their figures for the first five months of this year included incorrect data for the percentage increase or decline.
The figure shown was for the month of May alone. It should have been for the aggregate percentage increase or decrease during the first five months of 2016. Our apologies for this error.
Produced below is the correct table.
European airport throughputs, in cargo tonnages, January to May, 2016

City

Airport

IATA Code

Country

Tonnages

+/%

Paris

Charles de Gaulle

CDG

France

870,562

4.0%

Frankfurt

Frankfurt

FRA

Germany

865,918

0.2%

Amsterdam

Schiphol

AMS

Netherlands

662,270

1.5%

London

London Heathrow

LHR

UK

629,061

1.6%

Leipzig

Leipzig/Halle

LEJ

Germany

423,070

6.4%

Cologne

Cologne Bonn

CGN

Germany

310,611

1.6%

Luxembourg

Findel

LUX

Luxembourg

302,498

3.5%

Liege/Bierset

Liege Airport

LGG

Belgium

274,731

4.3%

Brussels

Brussels Airport

BRU

Belgium

188,651

-6.5%

Madrid

Madrid–Barajas

MAD

Spain

165,913

8.3%

Munich

Munich Airport

MUC

Germany

142,755

4.7%

Milan

Milan Malpensa

MXP

Italy

119,358

-40.9%

Vienna

Vienna Airport

VIE

Austria

114,450

5.2%

London

London-Stansted

STN

UK

102,596

11.0%

Helsinki

Helsinki

HEL

Finland

72,105

11.3%

Barcelona

El Prat

BCN

Spain

53,563

17.5%

Paris

Orly

ORY

France

49,345

-8.0%

Budapest

Ferenc Liszt Intl

BUD

Hungary

41,493

12.8%

Zaragoza

Zaragoza

ZAZ

Spain

40,426

25.0%

Frankfurt

Hahn

HHN

Germany

27,891

-24.2%


NOTES: Cargo volumes based on monthly or annual filings from individual airports, local authorities or government statistical bodies. Some values may be subject to revision by relevant sources. Where applicable, tons and lbs have been converted into metric tonnes and rounded up. Throughputs may include pure freight, express, mail or road feeder volumes, either separately or in aggregate, subject to individual reporting regimes of airports, local authorities or government statistical entities.

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