Luxembourg sets new airport record with 938,000 tons in 2017

01 / 02 / 2018

Luxembourg Airport handled 938,000 tons of airfreight in 2017, a 14% increase on 2016 which allowed Europe’s sixth largest cargo hub to break through the 900,000 ton barrier for the first time.

The increase also heralded a 10-year return to pre-financial crisis cargo levels.

An airport spokesperson for the hub, which is home to all-freighter operator Cargolux, said: “The financial crisis of 2008 caused cargo volumes to reduce significantly. Only since 2013 Luxembourg Airport was able to record continuous growth figures again.

“These strong results are thanks to the fast growth of worldwide air cargo demand”.

IATA figures show that the worldwide airfreight volume grew 9% in 2017 expressed in Freight Tonne Kilometres (FTK), for Europe that figure was 11.8%.

The airport spokesperson added: “The special relationship between Zhengzhou Airport in China and Luxembourg Airport also resulted in strong traffic numbers, up to 15 weekly flights were operated between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou.”

In May 2017, Cargolux signed a cooperation agreement for air cargo with Emirates SkyCargo, followed by Emirates SkyCargo starting flights to Luxembourg in June with Boeing 777F aircraft. 

In 2017, airport authority lux-Airport started building the new headquarters for Cargolux, the largest cargo carrier at Luxembourg Airport.

The building, on the municipal territory of Sandweiler, will be located adjacent to Cargolux’s maintenance hangar.

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