ACI: Volumes flat at airports in Asia Pacific

Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central

Freight volumes in Asia Pacific remained flat in July and the Middle East fell by 0.9 per cent in the same month, according to Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific.

ACI Asia Pacific says Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), the largest freight airport in the region, saw a 1.9 per cent decline in July. HKIA saw volumes fall in July to 363,000 tonnes, which it blamed on a fall in transhipments and weakness in China, Taiwan and Europe.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport saw a fall of 0.7 per cent in July. The airport itself does not have any figures available, but the handling agent; Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal says it saw volumes increase by 7.3 per cent to 139,095 tonnes.

ACI Asia Pacific says Dubai as a whole has seen cargo increase by 3.4 per cent. Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (pictured) volumes increased by 42 per cent to 443,012 tonnes because of freighter operations moving there from Dubai International Airport. Dubai International saw volumes rise by eight per cent in July to 205,526 tonnes.