Airport update

KOLKATA (Calcutta) airport’s international cargo section received an anonymous phone call warning of a bomb last month. Security evacuated the 300 employees but discovered no explosives. Central Industrial Security Force CISF commandant Jayati Ghosh said that security at the airport had been strengthened.

PRAGUE airport handled 25.4 per cent less cargo in January than last year. The airport’s sale may be postponed, according to the Czech finance minister, as the economic crisis has prevented potential buyers from crucial credit. The state is also looking to sell its 91 per cent stake in Czech Airlines, the airport’s main client.

COLOGNE/Bonn airport, Germany, has reduced its freight target for 2009 from an increase of three per cent to a decrease of six per cent. This will take expected traffic down to 550,000 tonnes.

FRAPORT Cargo Services has reduced its employees’ working hours by about 20 per cent. This is expected to continue for two or three months. The move affects 80 per cent of the workers who will receive 90 per cent of their usual salary for the duration. Fraport’s Frankfurt airport, which is Europe’s second-busiest airport after Paris’ Charles de Gaulle, has seen a 25 per cent reduction in cargo volume over that last few months.

KERALA State Industrial Enterprises Ltd has chalked out a detailed project to set up a greenfield air cargo complex at the international airport in Thiruvananthapuram.

NEW York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport ended 2008 with its sharpest decline in cargo traffic in seven years, a 28.6 dive in December that included steep drops in business from Asian airlines.

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