Germany’s second hub advances

GROWTH in cargo volumes at Frankfurt and Leipzig/Halle Airport is at the opposite ends of the scale.
Leipzig/Halle Airport continues to grow above the national average and was able to reach a new record high for the seventh year in a row. During the 2011 January to November period the amount of cargo handled rose by 14.9 per cent to 691,078 tonnes, exceeding the record volume of 663,059 tonnes handled throughout 2010 by more than 28,000 tonnes. Aggregated cargo volume for 2011 is expected to be above 700,000 tonnes.
“Ongoing growth in the cargo sector clearly underlines Leipzig/Halle Airport’s position as Germany’s second largest air cargo hub,” Dierk Näther (pictured), managing director Leipzig/Halle Airport, commented.
As expected airfreight is not faring so well at Frankfurt following the imposition of the night-flight ban. The airport registered 178,159 tonnes last month. Throughput fell by 10.2 per cent compared to the historic November high of 2010. From January to November 2011 airfreight tonnage dropped by 2.5 per cent year-on-year. In contrast, airmail in November 2011 increased by 5.1 per cent to 7,720 tonnes year-on-year.

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