Further downturn for air transport in first quarter 2009

04/08/2009 15:00

The transport of goods and passengers to and from Dutch airports has dropped further in the first quarter of 2009. The overall weight of goods shipped to and from Dutch airports was 27 percent down on the first quarter of 2008. Air passenger transport declined by 13 percent. The onset of the downturn dates back to the second half of 2008.

Slump hits China, US, United Arab Emirates and Japan

China largely accounts for the slump in air cargo transport (–43 percent). The United States (–28 percent), the United Arab Emirates (–19 percent) and Japan (–34 percent) also performed poorly.

Kenya shows remarkable increase

With a 22 percent weight increase in goods airlifted to and from its airports in the first quarter compared to the same period in 2008, Kenya performed well. The cargo mainly consisted of agricultural produce and cut flowers.

Air cargo transport to and from Dutch airports

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