ACI reports 3% rise in air cargo in 2005
Air cargo shipments worldwide increased 3 percent in 2005 to 78.7 million metric tons, according to Airports Council International (ACI).
North America volumes were flat last year at 29.9 million tons, while volumes in Europe rose 3 percent to 15.5 million tons. Volumes increased 1 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean to 36 million tons. Middle East volumes increased 8 percent to 3.3 million tons, and Asia-Pacific cargo improved 5 percent to 25 million tons. Africa volumes were flat at 1.3 million tons.
Memphis remained the top cargo airport worldwide in 2005 as its air-freight volume increased 1.2 percent to 3.6 million tons. Following Memphis was Hong Kong with 3.4 million tons, up 10 percent; and Tokyo Narita, 2.3 million tons, down 3.5 percent. Los Angeles, the second-highest U.S. airport was in sixth place with 1.9 million tons, up 1.4 percent.
ACI’s full figures, which are based on data from more than 850 airports worldwide, are available online at http://www.airports.org.