PACTL to start up cross-border e-commerce handling center trial in December

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co., Ltd. (PACTL), the largest handler at Shanghai Pudong Airport (PVG), is set to begin a trial of its new center for cross-border e-commerce handling later this month. Trial operations are expected to begin on Dec. 16, according to the handler’s website. The new handling center facility measures about […]

Airports report weak start to 4Q with mixed October volumes

Preliminary results for October airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe. While air cargo holds out hope for volumes to stabilize, the start of this year’s fourth quarter is not as positive as many would have hoped due to continued global trade tensions and political uncertainty. Regions posted mixed results […]

Top 40 Cargo Airports: More movements among the leaders

Still growing – Top 5 airports for growth Among those airports contributing to volatility in airport cargo tonnage during 2018 are four of the five airports reporting the most substantial growth in tonnage during the year. There were no changes in rank for the five airports with the largest handles during 2018 – all major […]

Airports’ lackluster year continues with August volume declines

Preliminary results for August airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe. While air cargo holds out hope for conservative increases in volumes moving into the holiday season, the industry is also no longer holding its breath given continued tensions between China and the U.S. and looming Brexit concerns. All regions […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
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