Incheon Airport handled 576,343 tons of cargo in the first quarter of 2013, down 3.2 percent from 595,367 tons in the first quarter of 2012.
Conversely, in March, the South Korea airport moved 223,268 tons of cargo, an increase of 1.6 percent from 219,860 tons in March 2012.
Because of the global economic slump and cargo weight lightening, the amount of international air freight handled by Incheon Airport has decreased for two consecutive years, the organization said in a written statement. However, since last year, there has been an indication of a rebound as the decrease has slowed down.
Following the recovery trend of international air freight volume, Incheon Airport expects cargo airlines will begin or expand operations at the airport. At the beginning of March, Air Incheon began servicing the Incheon-Haneda and Incheon-Sakhalin routes. Later this year, the open skies agreement with Hong Kong will be initiated. Furthermore, the amount of cargo between Incheon and the Middle East, and Incheon and Asian regions has constantly increased, and the airport expects this trend to continue.