Airport update

INTERNATIONAL cargo volume at Incheon International Airport in South Korea rose 20 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to 2008. Traffic was down 20 and 13 per cent in the first and second quarters respectively but began to recover in the third quarter, only falling two per cent from 2008’s levels.
The airport came out of 2009 having handled 2.31 million tons of cargo, only five per cent less than 2008. WITH India’s Deccan 360 launching operations from Nagpur, the airport is set to handle an additional 109,500 tons of cargo a year. Another eight freighters will be flying into the hub with the express carrier.
Air India and India Post are also due to base their operations out of the airport, despite, or perhaps due to, Air India being heavily in debt to the airport’s owners. BUILDING work has started on Las Vegas’ new US$29 million airfreight centre at McCarran International Airport. Work on the 201,000-square-foot Marnell Air Cargo Center at the airport’s new Terminal 3 is expected to last a year. Once complete it will host freight and mail-sorting operations for FedEx, Southwest Airlines, Worldwide Flight Services, Allegiant Air and UPS.

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