The Middle East and Asia-Pacific accounted for more than 40 percent total air cargo traffic last year, according to figures from Airports Council International.
Asia-Pacific airports saw tonnage volumes decrease 1.5 percent compared to 2010, while those in the Middle-East area increased throughput 1.6 percent. In total, airports in the two regions handled approximately 35.8 million metric tons in 2011, equivalent to 41 percent of the world’s freight traffic recorded by ACI.
“Although the result was not as good as we have forecast, it is still encouraging to see that this region accounted for more than 40 percent of the world’s total traffic, and out of the five busiest cargo airports, three are in our region,” said Patti Chau, regional director of ACI Asia-Pacific.
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