European freight airports: nearly all in the black in August
As the ACI Europe airport association announced at the beginning of October, its more than 200 members posted freight volume increases of 3.3% in August compared with the same month last year. The ten leading airports, whose order of ranking remains unchanged, presented themselves in a way that has not been seen for a long time, because volume increases were posted across the board from Frankfurt/Main to Brussels.
This trend continued at the following airports: here, the southern European freight-handling airports of Milan-Malpensa (30,857 t, +5.2%) and Madrid (27,724 t, +6.6%) fared better than the Swiss hub of Zurich. Geneva was the only one of the 13 airports examined in detail to post a slightly falling performance in the period under review, whereas Basel-Mulhouse saw, already before the start of two new full-freighter connections in September, a virtually equally strong boost as Munich, which ranks 14th in Europe, of precisely +11% to 24,290 t. Nationally, the Bavarian metropolis was ahead of Frankfurt-Hahn (9103 t, –1.8%), whose sales head Christoph Goetzmann presented at the Air Cargo Forum in Seoul the benefits of a new Airport Cargo Shuttle to run between Hunsrück and Frankfurt/Main.
The airport of Tel-Aviv (Israel), which is also included in the regional version of ACI and ranks 15th, rose in August by 2.7% to 22,501 t. Its total volume for the first eight months was therefore more or less unchanged at 178,834 t.