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Belgium's Liege Airport cargo volumes rose by 5.5 per cent

  11.01.2012    

Belgium's Liege Airport's cargo volumes rose by 5.5 per cent in 2011 compared to a year earlier, to hit 674,469.82 tonnes and registered a double-digit increase in aircraft movements during the year under review.
Liege Airport handled 54,403 aircraft movements in 2011, compared to 48,515 in 2010. The airport's general director Luc Partoune was quoted as saying in a report by Air Cargo World: "While international air transport of goods decreased by four per cent, on average, in the six months that followed the financial crisis, our airport continues to develop, with five per cent growth in traffic for the year."
December was a particularly good month for the airport, which handled 55,808 tonnes of freight, up 6.7 per cent year on year.
The strong performance comes as Swissport increases its cargo presence at the airport as it is expanding its warehouse from 3,900 to 6,500 square metres. The ground-handling company will also rent a 6,200-square-metre warehouse in the north zone of Liege Airport, which was recently constructed by the firm Liege Airport Business Park.
But nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is not so optimistic about the immediate future, with Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group's president and CEO, warning that 2012 will likely be tough.
"This year will be a challenging year, in which we are expecting to see passenger volumes stabilise and cargo volumes shrink," Mr Nijhuis was quoted as saying.
Schiphol's 2011 cargo volumes stayed flat, with the airport handling 1.5 million tonnes of cargo from January to December, the Shipping Gazette reports.


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