Airports update 6 February

DURING 2011 Doha Airport (Qatar) registered 795,559 metric tonnes of cargo, an increase of 13.7 per cent compared with 2010. December 2011 cargo numbers came in at 70,779 tonnes, up 12.9 per cent.

Airfreight movements at Singapore’s Changi Airport (pictured) recovered to 2008 levels with 1.87 million tonnes of cargo handled, up nearly three per cent from 2010.

In the UAE, Dubai World Central (DWC) handled 89,729 tonnes of airfreight during its first full calendar year of operations. In 2011 DWC’s average monthly air cargo volumes totalled 7,477 tonnes compared to 795 tonnes a month recorded during the airport’s first half-year of operations in 2010.

Chopin Airport (Poland) handled a record of over 43,000 tonnes of cargo in 2011, a rise of 6.8 per cent on 2010. International traffic grew 6.5 per cent, while cargo carried on domestic routes expanded by 29 per cent.

Switzerland’s Geneva International Airport handled 8.3 per cent more freight in 2011 than 2010. General flown freight rose by 18.2 per cent over the course of 2011, while integrator volumes and postal freight climbed by 6.9 and 11.5 per cent year-on-year respectively.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (the Netherlands) ended 2011 with a growth of 0.8 per cent in cargo handled compared to 2010. The total of all cargo processed through Schiphol was 1,523,806 tonnes – retaining its third place among Europe’s cargo airports.

Manston Airport in the UK is waiting to hear the result of a 28-day consultation from locals in the area as to whether it can go ahead with night flights. Airport owner Infratil says that more than 3,000 jobs could be created under the plans.

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