Jan 20, 2016: Air freight continued its upward trend of the last 3 years, 2015 closed with a total of 738,136 tonnes of freight and post transported by air via Luxembourg Airport. This is an increase of 4.2 percent compared to 2014 and is similar to the increase witnessed in 2014 compared to 2013. Strongest growth was recorded in October and November (+9 percent), August (+8 percent) and July (+7 percent).
Fast handling processes, efficient customs procedures and a specialisation in high-value products such as pharma and life sciences, electronics and live animals all contributed to these results.
Cargolux remains by far the largest customer of Luxembourg Airport.
These results are in sharp contrast with the worldwide slowdown in air cargo: measured in FTK (Freight Tonne Kilometre) and based on figures from IATA (International Air Transport Association), European airlines reported a growth of just 0.2 percent in October and a decline by 2 percent in November.
Atlas Air in cooperation with Panalpina is the second largest customer.
Qatar Airways, the third largest customer, increased its flights from 3 to 5 per week. China Airlines and Silk Way West Airlines complete the top 5 airlines.
The highlights of the cargo transported in 2015 include; 117 racing motorbikes were flown to the Indianapolis Moto GP, 25 Formula 3 cars plus 10 GT & Touring cars, 60 tonnes of spare parts and 25,000 litres of racing fuel were flown to the Macau GP and 25 tonnes of jetskis to Dubai.
The airport along with Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), the largest air cargo terminal operator at Hong Kong International Airport, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on May 6, 2015 to promote the transportation of time- and temperature-sensitive medicinal products for human use, in accordance with the European Union and World Health Organisation Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certifications.