Strong November for cargo traffic at Europe’s gateways

Madrid-Barajas Airport

European airport trade association the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has reported that freight traffic grew strongly in November 2016 compared to the same month in 2015.

ACI Europe says the region’s airports posted cargo growth of 6.5 per cent in November and this was largely driven by non-European Union gateways – in contrast with passenger traffic.

And belly aircraft movements were up 3.7 per cent in November compared to November 2015, while cargo-only services were up by 4.9 per cent.

Among those that saw freight traffic growing were Istanbul Ataturk Airport with growth of 16.1 per cent to 79,287 tonnes, Madrid-Barajas Airport by 9.4 per cent to 37,920 tonnes, Barcelona-El Prat Airport by 10.6 per cent to 11,863 tonnes, Zurich Airport by 10.5 per cent to 28.135 tonnes and Moscow Sheremetyevo International Airport by 26.8 per cent to 17,274 tonnes.

Those seeing falls were Oslo Airport by 16 per cent to 8,310 tonnes, Frankfurt Airport by 1.5 per cent yo 180,521 tonnes and Helsinki Airport by 5.3 per cent to 13,465 tonnes.