Trade downturns persist in July airport volumes 

Airports posted their preliminary results for July volumes that indicated a continued weakness in global markets resulting from protective trade policies and political uncertainty.  Asian and European airports’ results denoted those regions are experiencing the greatest impact of continued trade conflicts for the month, which was also reflected the traffic of carriers based in those regions. Only Guangzhou Baiyun […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 26, 2019

Asian carriers’ July traffic reflects continued impact of trade war

In July’s first look, Asian carriers reported year-over-year declines in cargo traffic across the board for the month, reflecting the continued impact of protectionist policies on global trade in their operations. Taiwan-based EVA Air and China Airlines both saw significant declines in year-over-year traffic, while Mainland China-based China Southern Airlines and Air China also reported lower numbers compared to the same month […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • August 21, 2019

Airport volumes slump in June gloom 

Preliminary results for June airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe, though this come as no surprise given continued tensions between China and the U.S. and looming Brexit concerns. Many leaders in air cargo are maintaining conservative outlooks on volumes for the rest of 2019 due to this sustained market volatility.   All […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • July 26, 2019

Market volatility spurs mixed results for May airport volumes

Global airports’ preliminary results for May indicate continued weakness across the board. However, a more nuanced look at individual airports’ volumes, compared to the month prior, shows mixed results as some have seen a slight reprieve in volumes while others have worsened. Overall, figures for the month demonstrate the sustained market volatility the air cargo industry […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • June 28, 2019

Cargolux 747 relocates live belugas from China to Iceland

A Cargolux-operated 747 freighter carrying two live beluga whales landed at Iceland’s Reykjavik Keflavik Airport (KEF) on Wednesday after a 6,000-mile flight that began on the other side of the world in China. Ahead of the flight, the belugas were loaded into custom-fit slings within specially-designed containers and were trucked from Changfeng Ocean World to […]
  • Brianne Ledda
  • June 21, 2019

China’s national transport indicators denote regional variance in cargo flows 

This week, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced the country’s transportation production indicators for March,  showing that different parts of the country are seeing more cargo flow than others.  While overall cargo volumes moving through Chinese airports was weak at a nationwide level, statistics for airports by region showed that Chinese airports overall saw a 1.6% year-over-year increase in […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • May 23, 2019

Global airport throughput rebounds in March

Preliminary results from global airports indicate that the air cargo market improved in March from the steep declines in volumes witnessed during the first two months of the year. Overall, while the first quarter of 2019 was rocky, the resurgence in cargo throughput suggests that a couple of weak months may not portend a down 2019. On a regional basis, airports in Asia and the Americas posted mixed results for the […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • April 30, 2019

ACE Awards 2019: Top Airports chart

*Correction: A previous version of this table classified Quito as the diamond award winner for the 400,000 to 999,999 tonnes category. It was actually the diamond award winner for the up to 399,999 tonnes category. AIRPORT SURVEY CRITERIA Airports are rated by freight forwarders, cargo agents and third-party logistics providers on the following criteria: Performance: Quality […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 27, 2019

Early results point to steep declines in February airport throughput

February cargo throughput results for the world’s airports are still being finalized, but early analysis indicates year-over-year drops in cargo volumes in Europe and Asia, while American airports are close to flat with February 2018 traffic. Almost all airports worldwide posted year-over-year declines in volume for February and declines or very modest growth overall for 2019.   The impacts of an uncertain global trade environment, volatile economic performance across multiple markets and Brexit […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 26, 2019

Budapest hosts Chinese delegation in bid for e-commerce business

Today, Budapest Airport (BUD) announced that it hosted a Chinese logistics and investment delegation – including representatives from the Shanghai Cross-border E-commerce Association (SCEA) and Invest Shanghai – during a one-day forum focused on e-commerce and cross-border cooperation. In its bid for Chinese business, BUD will face competition from airports in Europe, such as Liège […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • March 7, 2019

Shifting economic conditions, mixed results in January airport throughput

Cargo throughput results for the beginning of 2019 were mixed, with certain regions performing significantly better than others. Airports in North America saw the majority of growth in cargo volumes in January, while airports in Mainland China saw modest rebounds and European airports experienced a continued decline in cargo volumes following an overall diminished 2018 […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • February 25, 2019

Airports underperform industry cargo growth in December first look

December cargo throughput results for the world’s airport are still trickling in, but early analysis indicates an overall diminished peak season for air freight. With only a couple of exceptions in Europe and Asia, volumes and traffic across most airports posted year-over-year declines in volume for December, and declines or very modest growth overall for […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 23, 2019

Chengdu is newest site for SF Express hub

SF Express plans to develop a cargo hub at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), following the Dec. 25 signing of a joint venture agreement between SF Express’ parent company SF Holdings, the Chengdu Municipal Government and Sichuan Airport Group, according to the municipal government. Once operational, the hub will operate as a multi-modal gateway to […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • January 3, 2019