Freight volume at New York’s Kennedy International Airport grew 31.6 in April over last year’s depressed figures, but the cargo business also showed signs that the recovery has peaked, according to figures released by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The airport’s international freight volume was down 5.1 percent from March to April, and tonnage for domestic and international freight at New York JFK were still below the figures the airport reported in the same month two years ago.
International freight tonnage, which makes up about 80 percent of the East Coast gateway’s cargo, grew 35.6 percent in April compared to the same month last year, while domestic freight was up 18.2 percent.
For the first four months of 2010, freight volume at Kennedy was 23.1 percent better than the same period last year, a period that included the depths of the trade downturn that cut deeply into air freight demand.
JFK’s freight volume was down about 20 percent, however, compared to the first four months of 2008.