Spring feelings for all of Europe’s leading airfreight centres
Olivier Jankovec, the director general of the airports association ACI Europe, cited «solid air traffic figures for Europe» when reviewing the air cargo statistics for March 2014. The growth rate – in the airfreight segment it came to an impressive 6% – reflects the improving overall economy, «especially in the European Union, where consumer confidence has reached pre-crisis levels and GDP growth is set to gain further momentum,» according to Jankovec.
The same ten European airfreight hubs which were at the top of the pile one year ago remain the leaders, with each one increasing the volume of goods handled. The top six places are identical, compared to March 2013, with Amsterdam returning above-average results, and Leipzig-Halle developing precisely in line with the average in all German hubs.
Cologne-Bonn airport developed better than both the German as well as the European average, but only stayed the relatively small margin of 829 t ahead of the volumes handled in Istanbul. The latter thus almost improved by two instead of just one place.
Volumes at the Swiss hub in Geneva grew a little stronger, albeit from a lower base (a plus of 19% to 4,644 t handled). A comparable development can be observed in terms of the quarterly figures. 5.2% more freight was handled at all of the 194 European locations evaluated between January and March, with Istanbul impressing with 18.5% and Geneva with 18.2% more cargo than in the same quarter in the preceding year. The global transport body Iata expects this trend to continue in spring and summer (see also ITJ Daily of 12 May).