Full-year site visitors figures from a number of airports final week replicate an the other way up yr dominated by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. Passenger enterprise slowed to a trickle with airways closing most of their networks within the face of presidency lockdowns and different well being measures, whereas cargo picked up the slack in some instances.
Hong Kong, the world’s largest cargo airport, skilled a 7% decline in cargo to 4.5 million tons, and served 87% fewer passengers. The airport dealt with 68,660 cargo flights through the yr, an 18.3% surge in comparison with 2019. The injury to Hong Kong got here within the lack of passenger site visitors as a result of a lot cargo is transshipped from regional flights to long-haul passenger and freighter flights.
In Europe, Leipzig/Halle Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport each dealt with about 1.4 million tons of cargo in 2020, however they took totally different routes to that whole. Airfreight grew 11.7% at Germany’s second-largest cargo airport, setting an annual file for tonnage, whereas quantity fell 8% at Schiphol.
Leipzig/Halle passenger throughput was 80% lower than in 2019, however freight progress has been sturdy since late spring culminating with 35% year-over-year quantity progress in December (140,000 tons). Non-public airport operator Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG stated the present yr is shaping up sturdy too, headlined by medical items, protecting gear, potential COVID-19 vaccines and e-commerce packages.
Leipzig/Halle is dwelling to DHL Categorical largest air hub and commenced hosting Amazon Air’s first European air hub in early November. Medical shipments are anticipated to extend as soon as building is accomplished on a close-by logistics heart for catastrophe administration. About 60 cargo airways now serve the airport.
At Schiphol, freighters accounted for 61% of whole quantity, with 29% carried on passenger flights and 10% in passenger planes reassigned to cargo transport. Schiphol is the 14th busiest airport on this planet for worldwide air cargo.
The airport stated inbound quantity fell 4.7% and exports dropped 11.7% in comparison with 2019. The three largest locations for cargo tonnage had been Shanghai, China, Doha, Qatar, and Chicago.
In the meantime, Brussels Airport reported 2.2% progress in cargo to 512,000 tons as passenger site visitors plunged 74%. The strongest progress, 43%, got here from all-cargo plane due to the arrival of a number of new carriers and the usage of passenger plane as mini-freighters, which accounted for 30% to 40% of the complete freighter exercise. Categorical enterprise additionally grew a wholesome 18%.
Imports, particularly from Asia, elevated, whereas exports decreased versus the identical month a yr in the past. The airport can also be on the forefront of COVID-19 shipments.
A 19% drop in cargo delivered by truck from different airports pulled Brussels Airport’s general quantity down by 3%.
In December, usually a robust cargo month, volumes decreased 3.4% in comparison with an unusually sturdy month in 2019.
In associated information, Brussels Airport Co. has named Geert Aerts to succeed Steven Polmans as director of cargo and logistics in March. Aerts spent the previous 17 years as a regional operations director for CAE Inc., the place he managed a community of 16 flight simulator coaching facilities and flight faculties, together with at Brussels Airport. The airport operator stated his expertise working for a world firm with many stakeholders and fixing issues for purchasers make him a perfect candidate for the job.
Polmans will depart Brussels Airport after 10 years, throughout which period he was instrumental in growing a regional cargo hub for prescription drugs and different items, and digital processes for connecting the native freight neighborhood.