Copenhagen airport has overtaken most major European airports in 2012 with a cargo growth of 6.4 per cent to 354,269 tonnes supported by robust growth of 12.4 per cent in its belly cargo volumes, according to the Shipping Gazette.
Its cargo volume is forecast to grow since China Cargo Air stepped up frequencies from three to five flights a week between Shanghai and Copenhagen, and Emirates Skycargo launched a new cargo service from Dubai to Chicago via Copenhagen.
"More cargo is often a sign that the economy is picking up," said airport chief executive officer Thomas Woldbye, adding that bellyhold volume is an important factor.
"Large passenger airliners can carry 15-25 tonnes of cargo, and it is often this extra revenue that makes intercontinental routes sustainable," he said.
Cargo at the 13th largest cargo hub in Europe was attributed to pharmaceuticals, IT gear, machinery, high-end fashion and luxury food.