AIR cargo throughput at Kai Tak airport is expected to top a record 1.2 million tonnes this year, according to Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (HACTL). Throughput at the airport passed last year's record total of 1.16 million tonnes in the first week of this month. That followed a strong performance last month when monthly throughput reached 125,844 tonnes, up 12.9 per cent over November last year. Last month's totals were 65,690 tonnes of export cargo, up 5.2 per cent over November last year; 44,067 tonnes of import cargo, up 17.3 per cent; and 16,087 tonnes of transshipped goods, up 40.7 per cent. Throughput for the first 11 months was slightly below 1.14 million tonnes, up 13.9 per cent over the comparative figure for last year. Export cargo accounted for 546,184 tonnes, up 8.6 per cent; import cargo 455,183 tonnes, up 16.2 per cent; and transshipment goods 137,655 tonnes, up 30.8 per cent. The 11-month figure excluded 8.6 tonnes of off-loaded cargo. The sharp growth seen in transshipment cargo during the year means that this sector now accounts for about 12 per cent of total throughput, up from 10.5 per cent a year ago. Last month, HACTL handled 205,963 consignments on 12,054 flights. Of these only 14 consignments were mishandled, compared with one in 39 at Tokyo airport and one in 32 at Taipei. London and New York share the worst record, with one in seven consignments mishandled.