Frankfurt Airport continues to grow in September with cargo increasing 4.1 per cent year-on-year to 187,708 tonnes, its strongest September since 2010.
Airport operator Fraport says this was the highest amount for a September month since 2010, and was only 4,300 tonnes off a new monthly record, helped by one additional Saturday and one fewer Thursday.
It says air cargo growth was in line with economic development, saying: “World trade is experiencing an upswing and the Euro zone industrial sector is growing as intense as more than 6 1/2 years ago due to higher domestic demand and exports. Inbound and outbound cargo increased in September at Frankfurt Airport. Outbound cargo increased at a higher rate than inbound cargo.”
Cargo was up on both passenger and freighter aircraft, with Latin America on the up again, with Mexico and Brazil the main growth generators.
On European routes, to and from Moscow grew significantly, Africa as a whole was up 3.5 per cent, though the Middle East fell by 7.7 per cent with Qatar and Saudi Arabia seeing dramatic falls.
The Far East dipped 1.7 per cent with only South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam growth, of 9.1 per cent, 12.7 per cent and 26.9 per cent respectively.