London Heathrow Cargo Falls 9.4 Percent

London Heathrow Cargo Falls 9.4 Percent

Cargo volume at London Heathrow Airport tumbled 9.4 percent in December as a series of winter storms and tougher year-over-year comparisons halted the airport’s year of strong gains in freight handling.

Cargo tonnage also fell 15 percent from November to December, part of a series of declines airport manager BAA reported in a month that included snow storms that paralyzed the London area and the UK’s main gateway airport.

London Heathrow is No. 12 on the JOC list of Top 30 International Cargo Airports.

Overall aircraft operations fell 12 percent in December compared to the same month the year before.

Heathrow’s cargo recovery from the 2008-2009 downturn was slowing down before December, but the airport still showed 15.2 percent overall improvement in cargo tonnage in 2010 over the full year before. That gave London Heathrow 1.47 million metric tons of cargo, the most it ever handled in a single year.