February regional air cargo jumps 6pc

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 May, 1998, 12:00am

Asia-Pacific air-cargo throughput rose 6.8 per cent in February to 986,180 tonnes, compared with a 1.3 per cent dip in January to 944,688 tonnes, according to the Geneva-based Airports Council International (ACI).

ACI manager of statistics and data processing Maria Hinayon said the February results from 534 of ACI's member airports show cargo traffic was up 6 per cent and aircraft movements overall were up 1 per cent.

During January and February, air-cargo movements averaged 4 per cent growth, compared with the same period in 1997.

In February, Kai Tak airport reported handling 114,895 tonnes of cargo, a 10.7 per cent increase, compared with the same month last year. This contrasts with its January throughput, which was down 1.8 per cent to 127,600 tonnes.

Ms Hinayon said cargo throughput was up 10.4 per cent in the Middle East to 168,003 tonnes in February. Growth in January was 5.4 per cent.

Air cargo to Africa rose 9.8 per cent to 25,429 tonnes, Latin America and Caribbean was up 5.9 per cent to 97,754 tonnes, North America was up 5.8 per cent to 2.14 million tonnes and Europe was up 4.2 per cent to 860,367 tonnes.

On the passenger side, Ms Hinayon said while economic turmoil continued to batter the Asia-Pacific region, tension in the Gulf had brought down traffic in the Middle East.