Singapore moves up to 12th spot as air cargo rises 7.9pc

TOTAL air cargo through Singapore grew 7.9 per cent year on year in 2017 to 2.16 million tonnes, boosting its ranking from 13th place to 12th place, according to the Airports Council International (ACI).

Singapore airport total international air freight traffic increased 7.9 per cent to 2.13 million tonnes, rising to seventh from eighth place.

ACI noted that air cargo volumes at the 20 busiest airports grew by 6.8 per cent in 2017. These airports handled a combined 51 million tonnes of cargo, equivalent to 43 per cent of global air cargo, reported Singapore Business Review.

"Air cargo experienced a revival across many of the world's airports in 2017 and into 2018. Even with the uncertainty regarding the threat of trade wars and the growth of protectionist sentiments across the world, business confidence has remained strong through inventory build-ups and increased export orders in 2017," the group said.

In terms of passenger numbers, Singapore airports slipped from 17th to 18th place in the rankings for the busiest airports worldwide.

In spite of their lower position Singapore airports enjoyed passenger traffic growth of six per cent year on year to 62.22 million. Singapore airports took sixth place among those with the most international passenger traffic in 2017 at 61.57 million, up 5.9 per cent.

Delhi jumped from 22nd to 16th, with a 14.1 per cent growth. Guangzhou in China grew 10.3 per cent making it the second fastest growing airport among the top 20 for passenger traffic.

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