ACI Europe: Airfreight continues to grow at double digit rates

Frankfurt Airport Cargo City South

Airfreight volumes at European airports continue to fly high with 10.9 per cent year-on-year growth in August, Airports Council International (ACI) Europe says.

European Union (EU) airports reported growth of 10.2 per cent in August with non-EU rising at a faster rate, up 14.9 per cent.

The EU’s top five airfreight hubs reported strong growth, with Frankfurt Airport growing 5.6 per cent to 171,761 tonnes, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport retaining second position with 5.8 per cent growth to 163,000 tonnes.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was third busiest growth of 7.6 per cent to 146,666 tonnes, followed by Heathrow Airport expanding 13.1 per cent to 139,023 tonnes, and Luxembourg Airport rounding out the top five, with a 13.1 per cent increase to 75,438 tonnes.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport was the busiest non-EU hub, with 13 per cent growth to 92,451 tonnes.

On a year-to-date basis, freight across Europe increased 9.2 per cent, with EU airports growing 8.2 per cent and 15.7 per cent at non-EU destinations.

Between January and August, Frankfurt volumes were up 5.6 per cent to 1.39 million tonnes, Charles de Gaulle by 2.9 per cent to 1.29 million tonnes, Schiphol by 8.3 per cent to 1.16 million tonnes and Heathrow by 10.3 per cent to 1.10 million tonnes.