TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

AIR CARGO VOLUME

INCHED UP IN JUNE

WASHINGTON - Air cargo traffic in June was up just 3.7 percent over the same month last year, according to the Air Transport Association, which represents all major U.S. passenger airlines as well as Federal Express and United Parcel Service Inc.

Domestic cargo, including mail, increased 1.9 percent to 845.7 million ton miles, while international volume rose 6 percent to 653 million ton miles, a figure representing each ton of cargo flown one mile.

For the first six months of the year, domestic traffic was up 6.1 percent, while international cargo gained 12.4 percent.

The June figures reflect weak U.S. economic growth during the second quarter, although association President Carol Hallett said she expects improvement during the second half of the year.

Separately, the International Air Transport Association, representing more than 200 airlines around the world, said freight traffic was up 10 percent in June and 13 percent for the first six months of the year.

WEST JAPAN RAILWAY

PLANS QUAKE SAFEGUARDS

OSAKA, Japan - West Japan Railway Co. said it plans to spend 12 billion yen ($130 million) over the next three years to establish safety systems to protect its operations against large earthquakes.

JR West will set up a new system allowing trains to be in wireless communications during emergencies.

The company also will introduce a warning system to stop all trains running in the Osaka area when railside seismometers sense a large earthquake.

OFFICIAL: AUSTRALIANS

WILL CONTROL QANTAS

CANBERRA, Australia - Transport Minister Laurie Brereton on Thursday backed Qantas' claim that the national airline would remain in Australian control.

Mr. Brereton said he is confident that any momentary breach of the foreign ownership limit after Monday's float on the Australian Stock Exchange would be corrected shortly, a spokeswoman said.

"I'm absolutely confident the foreign ownership limits provided for in the legislation will be complied with," she quoted Mr. Brereton as having said.