European airports continue to report cargo growth in February

13 / 04 / 2018

European airports saw cargo demand increase again in February, although there was a slowdown on growth levels recorded in January.

The latest figures from Airports Council International (ACI) Europe show that freight demand increased by 5.7% year on year in February, down on January’s 8.7% uptick.

This slowdown was to be expected as the Chinese New Year (CNY), which this year fell in mid-February, affects performance as factories close down for the holiday resulting in lower import volumes into Europe.

Growth for the month was highest at non-European Union (EU) airports, which registered a 14% improvement, while EU airports saw demand increase by 4.3%. For the year to date, demand is up 6.5%.

Looking at individual airport performance, Europe’s largest cargo hub, Frankfurt, saw demand increase by 1.7% year on year in February to 156,424 tonnes.

Paris Charles de Gaulle, meanwhile, registered a 1.1% increase as volumes for the month reached 147,000 tonnes.

Capacity constrained Schiphol, meanwhile, saw cargo demand increase by 0.5% during the month to 132,076 tonnes and Heathrow, the fastest growing of the major EU hubs, saw demand improve by 5% to 133,140 tonnes.

Earlier this week, ACI revealed that Hong Kong had maintained its position as the world's busiest cargo airport.


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