No change in Europe: freight hubs continue to grow in July
The improvement registered for Europe’s airfreight centres in July came to 3%, which was slightly above last month’s rate, according to the continental airport association ACI Europe. There was no change in the order of the ten top-ranked airports in comparison with July 2013.
Leipzig Halle has set a strong course for growth recently, after a weaker performance in June. London Heathrow and Amsterdam both did particularly well, with the latter overcoming its home carrier AF-KLM’s crisis (see page 17). On 2 September Britain’s Davies Commission announced that it favoured the construction of a second runway at London Gatwick, as well as the extension of one of the existing runways at Heathrow, or alternatively the building of a third one at the west of London hub. The mayor of London Boris Johnson’s ambitious project for a completely new EUR 88–113 million airport in the Thames estuary (nicknamed Boris island) was thus discarded, a decision that was welcomed by the country’s freight forwarders. In July Gatwick handled 7,937 t (–7.9%). Istanbul’s Atatürk airport lost a little ground too, but Sabiha Gökçen (3,320 t, +26.2%) saved the honour of the metropolis on the Bosphorus. The airports in Kiev (2,084 t, –9.2%) and Moscow were harder hit. The Russian capital’s Domodedovo hub handled 13,387 t (–9,4%), with Sheremetyevo registering 12,085 t (–19.8%). The heavy political tension in Tel Aviv, in contrast, did not affect the hub’s air cargo throughput figures for July (22,254 t, +2.2%).