ACI Europe, the European airport trade association, has reported a continuing “robust growth trend” during April, with freight traffic across European gateways up 3.9% over the same month of 2017.
In terms of aircraft movements, the number of dedicated cargo flights grew by 3.5% in April.
EU airports saw their freight throughput increase by 3.4% while non-EU airports’ traffic rose by 6.7%.
The top European freight hubs in April were Frankfurt (up 1.5% year on year at 179,012 tonnes), Paris Charles de Gaulle (down 1.5% at 160,516 tonnes), London Heathrow (up 2.3% to 141,215 tonnes) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (which registered a drop of 6.3% to 137,149 tonnes).
Istanbul’s Ataturk gateway came in fifth; its freight traffic rose substantially, by 15%, to110,218 tonnes for the month.
For the year to date (January to April), freight traffic across Europe’s airports was up 4.3% compared to the same four months of 2017. Freighter flights increased by 0.5% during this period.