Cologne-Bonn airport has recorded the highest increase in cargo volumes in a decade, seeing double figure growth rates since August 2020. During the first quarter of 2021, cargo volume at the German hub rose by 25% to 235,580 tonnes, achieving the highest increase in the last ten years. In March alone, the record high of last December was surpassed, with a volume of more than 87,800 tonnes of air cargo, setting a new historical record. Compared to the same month in the previous year, express cargo companies UPS, FedEx and DHL transported around a quarter more goods and the general cargo airlines almost fifty percent more.
The increase in tonnage, said airport management, is due to the increasing importance of e-commerce and the worldwide transport of medical goods, protective equipment and vaccines. In addition, due to the reduced number of passenger flights, there is a corresponding deficit in bellyhold capacity. “Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the largest and most important hubs worldwide when it comes to express shipments and international deliveries,” said Johan Vanneste, the airport’s president and chief executive.
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