Beneficiaries of new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

Yesterday, the world’s longest sea bridge, connecting Hong Kong with Macau and the city of Zhuhai in mainland China was declared open for passage. The bridge is expected to cut travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong down from 240 minutes to seventy-five minutes, dramatically expanding the potential catchment areas of Pearl River Delta airports. […]
  • Caryn Livingston and Charles Kauffman
  • October 23, 2018

Hong Kong International breaks the 5 million tonne barrier

For much of 2017, Hong Kong International Airport’s year-over-year cargo handle growth was in double digits. With tougher 2016 comparisons, that growth rate dropped slightly in November and December, but December’s 6.3% y-o-y increase was enough to push HKG’s full year handle over 5 million tonnes – the first airport ever to hit that mark. […]
  • David Harris
  • January 22, 2018

December 2017: Strong demand, but slower growth

Although demand for air freight remained strong through November 2017, beginning in September 2017, the year-over-year rate of demand growth began to fall from the double-digit heights achieved in the first eight months of the year as the tougher comparisons of late 2016 began to kick in. This trend continued into December. Early reports from […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • January 17, 2018

Shanghai joins the 4-million-tonne club

Until now, only two cities in the world – Hong Kong and Memphis – could boast that their airports handled more than 4 million tonnes of air cargo per year. But, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority, as of today, 15 December, Shanghai joined the 4-million-tonne club. Unlike Hong Kong and Memphis, which only have […]
  • David Harris
  • December 15, 2017

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part III: What can we learn about trade flows?

Today we continue our multi-part series of posts analyzing freight flows through airports in 2016. In Part I we looked at the overall state of the air freight market in 2016, and provided chart showing the top 50 airports worldwide, ranked for international freight, domestic freight, and total freight handled. Yesterday, in Part II, we […]
  • David Harris
  • November 6, 2017

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part II, The View From Space

Last week we began our annual analysis of the cargo airport scene with a look at the overall state of the air freight market in 2016, and a chart showing the top 50 airports worldwide, ranked for international freight, domestic freight, and total freight handled. Today we carry on with a more in-depth analysis, breaking […]
  • David Harris
  • November 6, 2017

World’s Top 50 Cargo Airports — Part I

According to data supplied by the Airports Council International (ACI), airports worldwide handled a total of 103.1 million tonnes of freight (not including mail) in 2016, up 4.0% over the 2015 total. Of the almost 2,500 ACI member airports, 1,600 reported handling some freight, with the fifty busiest airports handling 69.1 million tonnes, 67.1% of […]
  • David Harris
  • November 2, 2017

Top 20 cargo airports for 2016

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2016 was up 3.3% over 2015 to about 106 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 4.3% to about 66 million tonnes, accounting for a little more than 62% of the total volume. […]
  • David Harris
  • April 19, 2017
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