Airports association reports robust recovery in air freight volumes in 2017

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, reports a robust recovery in air freight volumes in 2017, increasing by 11.1% year over year in May.

All regions demonstrated high growth during that period, but Europe and North America presented the highest increases, with growth rates of 12% and 11.9% respectively.

Freight traffic numbers in North America were boosted by their largest freight hubs. Four of their top five airports in terms of cargo volume, representing 43.2% of total cargo in 2016, posted double digit growth. Anchorage (ANC), Louisville (SDF), Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX) all experienced increases between 11% and 13%. Memphis (MEM), the largest freight hub of the region, grew 1.3%. Domestic freight played an important role in that increase, surging 9.1% in May after a period of stunted growth, illustrated by the 1.7% year to date results.

In Europe, Istanbul (IST) continued on its recovery, posting 21.1% increase in total freight traffic. Other freight hubs such as Amsterdam (AMS), London-Heathrow (LHR), and Leipzig (LEJ) also showed high growth at 12.3%, 10.6% and 9.1% respectively.

Source: ACI

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