Airports update 1 April

AIR Cargo News reports on new cargo developments at airports around the world.

East Midlands Airport in the UK handled its highest amount of cargo in its history last year. A total of 306,977 tonnes of flown cargo was handled in 2010, up by 19,203 tonnes on 2009. The airport said growth has continued into 2011 with 23,116 tonnes of flown cargo handled in February this year helping it to a market share of about 40 per cent in the carried freight sector.

Dubai International Airport handled 156,259 tonnes of international airfreight in February, down nine per cent from the 171,707 tonnes recorded during the same period in 2010.

In the US, Stewart Airport cargo tonnage was up significantly in January and February, by close to 300 tonnes each month.

A cargo terminal capable of handling up to 100,000 tonnes of airfreight a year will be constructed as part of an expansion project at Salalah Airport in Oman. The facility will also serve as an international and domestic hub for sea cargo in conjunction with the Port of Salalah and the Salalah Free Zone. A 30-month construction timeframe has been specified for the execution the Salalah Airport package.

Total cargo moved in 2010 through Ben Gurion international airport was 294,000 tons compared to 265,000 tons in 2009, up 11 per cent. The increase followed a drop of 18 per cent in 2009 and 6 per cent in 2008.

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