Volume of air freight in Hong Kong goes down 7.3% in July.

Amount of 372,000 tonnes of cargo traffic handled by Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) in last month, down 7.3% on July last year.

“Cargo throughput to and from far east and Europe experienced the most significant decreases.Trans-shipments remained low due to a shortage of belly capacity on passenger flights. Yet, cargo throughput was relatively steady in comparison with the drop in passenger throughput,” Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) said in a statement on the figures released today.

“As the demand for air cargo services remained relatively strong, the freighter movements recorded a year-on-year increase of 21.0%. Exports and imports also increased by 7% and 4% respectively, compared to the same month last year,” the statement added.

Over the first seven months of the year, cargo handled at HKIA decreased by 9.7%  to 2.4 million tonnes. On a 12-month rolling basis, throughput fell 7.7% to 4.5 million tonnes.

US forwarder Flexport recently highlighted that COVID-19 air crew testing protocols in Hong Kong were continuing “to create turmoil” for US and other foreign carriers as more and more pilots refuse trips into one of Asia’s leading air freight gateways.

“This is beginning to have a quite serious productivity impact on many of the largest freighter operators and could mean there will be less surge capacity available for the peak season. To date, FedEx and UPS pilots have been most vocal about their opposition to the new rules,” it said.

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