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Asia Pacific airports see cargo traffic drop 2.5pc in December

AIRPORTS in Asia Pacific suffered a collective 2

Asia Pacific airports see cargo traffic drop 2.5pc in December

AIRPORTS in Asia Pacific suffered a collective 2

06 March 2019 - 19:00

AIRPORTS in Asia Pacific suffered a collective 2.5 per cent decrease in air freight volumes in December 2018, while Middle East airports recorded a drop of 0.9 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier.

Airports Council International (ACI) Asia Pacific, attributed the December decline in traffic to a 'weakened global economy, reduction in exports and manufacturing activities'.



Among the top ten cargo hubs, Doha posted the highest growth rate in December at 6.8 per cent, followed by Guangzhou at 4.7 per cent and Dubai at 2.3 per cent, reported London's Air Cargo News.



For the whole of 2018 air cargo volumes in Asia Pacific and the Middle East increased by 2.4 per cent and 0.1 per cent respectively, with airports in both regions seeing a slowdown in the second half of the year.



ACI said: 'Uncertainties resulting from trade disputes and slower economy was ameliorated somewhat by growth in the e-commerce and pharmaceutical sectors.



'The impact and uncertainties of the trade war between China and the US will continue to cast a shadow over the air freight demands in 2019.'



Hong Kong-based ACI Asia-Pacific represents 110 members operating 589 airports in 49 countries/territories in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.


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