Gains for Amsterdam air cargo

Gains for Amsterdam air cargo

Amsterdam Schiphol airport, Europe's fourth-largest cargo hub, further narrowed the gap with its rivals Thursday by announcing traffic rose 6.5 percent in September from the same month a year ago.

Total cargo traffic rose to 108,000 metric tons, helped by an 18.8 percent jump in freighter volume, making Amsterdam one of the few European hub airports to weather the slump in the global air freight market.

The higher-than-expected increase contrasted with a 2.6 percent slide in September traffic at Frankfurt , Europe's top cargo hub, to 128,577 tons and a 7.8 percent drop at London Heathrow to 94,802 tons.

Export cargo remained at last year's level while imports from all regions rose with the exception of Europe, fueling 27 percent growth in freighter flights during the month.

The strong performance in September lifted traffic for the first nine months of the year to 947,691 tons, a gain of 4.9 percent on the year-earlier period.

- Bruce Barnard in London