Airport Update 1 June

IN Europe, during the autumn, work will begin at Billund Airport (Denmark) to expand the existing cargo facilities by 2,215m², to a total of 13,000m². The extra floor space will accommodate a new, state-of-the-art facility for loading of cargo pallets, and five new loading ramps to secure fast handling of the shipments. The new facilities will increase the annual handling capacity to more than 100,000 metric tonnes.

Frankfurt Airport’s (Germany) airfreight volume for April totalled 187,381 metric tonnes, an increase of 12.7 per cent compared with the prior-year period.

In Russia, Lufthansa Consulting has signed a contract with Russian design firm IngStroyExpert to begin construction of a cargo terminal at Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO). The new terminal is expected to be operational by the end of next year.

In Asia, Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited handled 225,791 tonnes in April, a decrease of 9.3 per cent year-on-year. Cumulative tonnage for the first four months of the year was 876,136 tonnes, a slight drop of 1.1 per cent year-on-year.

Delhi airport’s cargo handling capacity is set to jump by the end of 2012 with the total overhauling of its existing infrastructure. Celebi Holding is working to modernise facilities with the addition of automated systems, efficient equipment and systematic storage.

In the Middle East four contracting firms are in the race for a US$100 million construction package at Duqm Airport (Oman). The project includes a terminal building, an air traffic control facility and a cargo terminal building with the capacity to handle 50,000 tonnes.

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