Eastern gateways show positive cargo trend
According to the latest traffic statistics published by Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific, gateways in the region enjoyed a continuing positive trend in May.
Air freight throughput rose by 1.3 percent year-on-year, building on the growth seen in the previous month.
However, with the first quarter of the year having shown negative figures, the January - May period overall registered a decline of 1.5 percent in comparison to the same five months of 2011.
The results included airports in the Middle East, whose traffic rose by 2 percent in May. Over the course of the first five months of the year throughput increased by 3.4 percent.
Hong Kong topped the list of Asia-Pacific airports, processing over 330,000 tonnes of freight in May. Shanghai Pudong ranked second with 214,000 tonnes handled, followed by Seoul Incheon, Dubai and Tokyo Narita.
ACI Asia-Pacific regional director Patti Chau remarked on the region’s resilience to global economic uncertainties in terms of cargo traffic.