ACI: Chinese New Year helps February freight volumes

Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport

Worldwide freight volumes grew 7.8 per cent, with international freight seeing the strongest growth, helped by the timing of Chinese New Year, Airports Council International (ACI) says.

The association says international freight was up 9.6 per cent and domestic volumes by 3.1 per cent in its FreightFlash summary.

Asia-Pacific saw the strongest growth, up 14.5 per cent in February, with international freight up 15.6 per cent and 11.2 per cent on domestic routes.

Hong Kong, Shanghai Pudong, Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita all saw double-digit surges, up 14.1 per cent, 20.8 per cent, 17 per cent and 11.9 per cent respectively.

ACI says 17 of the top 20 airports saw growth in February, including Miami up 7.8 per cent, Frankfurt by 2.2 per cent, Doha by 24.5 per cent, Los Angeles by eight per cent and Amsterdam up seven per cent.

All regions of the world saw growth in February except Latin America – Caribbean, which was down 0.4 per cent, due to domestic freight declining 1.3 per cent while international freight remained stable.