London Gatwick Airport’s cargo tonnage increase 16.1 per cent in 2018 to 112,676 tonnes – driven by new long-haul belly connections.
The airport’s (pictured above) figure was up on the 97,045 tonnes processed in 2017, as new passenger routes to the likes of Shanghai by China Eastern boosted figures.
However, in December alone, the airport’s tonnage was down by six per cent compared to the same month the previous year to 9,254 tonnes.
Over in Germany, Munich Airport said in 2018 it remained an important cargo hub for the Bavarian economy as despite tonnage falling 2.8 per cent to 368,000 tonnes, it still achieved the second highest tonnage figure in its history.
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which had freighter capacity issues in 2018, handled 1.7 million tonnes, which was a three per cent fall on 2017.