Airport update 20 June

SINGAPORE’s Changi Airport Group has awarded a third ground-handling licence to US-based Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG). With the 10-year licence, ASIG will be able to provide passenger and cargo-handling services to 100 airlines operating at Changi Airport.

A total of 227,050 metric tonnes were handled in May, representing a decrease of 12 per cent year-on-year, at Hong Kong International Airport (China). Cumulative tonnage for the first five months of the year was 1.1 million tonnes, down 3.5 per cent year-on-year.

In May, airport operator BAA’s cargo tonnage was down by 5.6 per cent at group level and by 5.9 per cent at Heathrow Airport (UK).

Airfreight tonnage dropped by 7.9 per cent at Germany’s Frankfurt Airport (pictured). Last year, the airport reported a 39.7 per cent jump in airfreight tonnage in May.

Buildings at King Abdul Aziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia) will be converted into an international airfreight facility.

Muscat International Airport (Oman) saw a mild increase in the total unloaded and loaded freight by one per cent with total shipment of 39,514 tonnes in the first five months of the year. Salalah Airport (also Oman) recorded an increase of 10 per cent in total unloaded and loaded freight, bringing the shipment to 554 tonnes from January to May compared to 502 tonnes during the same period last year.

A new cargo lane will be opened at Fredericton International Airport (Canada) to consolidate the seafood market.

Cargo Airport Services USA has commenced ground-handling operations at San Diego International Airport (US) with British Airways World Cargo.

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