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JOC 24/2/14 - Asian Air Hubs See Solid Growth

Asia's leading air freight hubs have gotten off to an encouraging start to the year, posting healthy growth rates across the board in January.

 

Last year Asia-Pacific airports saw only a 0.9 percent increase in tonnage, according to data from Airports Council International. But demand picked up toward the end of the year, and the latest figures suggest key lanes also saw expansion last month.

 

South Korea's Incheon International Airport, Asia's third largest by tonnage last year after Hong Kong International Airport and Shanghai Pudong, handled 198,000 tons in January, up 8.2 percent compared to a year earlier.

 

HKIA saw volumes rise 5.3 percent year-on-year to 352,000 tons last month, primarily due to a 10 percent increase in exports, with throughput to and from Southeast Asia and Europe the best performing lanes.

 

Changi Airport Group said volume through Singapore rose 3.8 percent year-on-year in January to 151,400 tons as air shipments picked up ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at the turn of the month.

 

Speaking to the JOC from Thailand, Stewart Sinclair, managing director of Suvarnabhumi Airport ground handler Bangkok Flight Services, said "imports were flat year over year for both December 2013 and January 2014 but exports were up 11 percent and 11.5 percent, respectively."

 

Although final figures from ACI revealed sluggish cargo growth overall last year, some airports bucked the trend. The Malaysian airports of Kuching, Penang and Subang recorded growth of 39.1 percent, 24.7 percent and 15.6 percent in 2013, respectively. In Japan, Nagoya posted a 16.4 percent year-on-year hike in throughput. In India, Cochin increased volumes by 12.9 in 2013 compared to a year earlier. And in China, airports at Kunming and Xiamen reported growth of 11.4 percent and 11 percent, respectively.