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Cologne Bonn predicts cargo increase

By control on January 4, 2012

Officials at Cologne Bonn Airport have predicted that cargo tonnage in 2012 will increase 8 percent, year-over-year. This increase to 800,000 tonnes comes after a year when the airport handled nearly 743,000 tonnes of cargo, representing a 13-percent increase from 2010's total tonnage.

According to a company press release, 2011's figure stands as the largest tonnage amount ever handled at the facility.

“This year, the cargo business brought us again to a peak level, so that we can tie up with the successful years we had before DHL/Lufthansa Cargo moved away," said Michael Garvens, Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH's chief executive.

Supported by UPS and FedEx, cargo throughput in the first six months of the year showed double-digit growth, according to a press release. This strong showing was supported by May's 40 percent growth figure. Garvens said this activity makes clear that recent investments by UPS and FedEx were justified.

"The record figures also reflect the successful development of the daytime cargo operations in our Cologne Bonn Cargo Center," he said.

At 9.6 million travelers, the airport's passenger numbers for 2011 were down 2 percent from 2010. Reasons for the slight drop in passenger activity this year include a move by Air Berlin to cut 430,000 seats routing through the airport and the air traffic tax, which was imposed in January 2011. Airport officials expect next year's passenger numbers to remain stagnant.

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