PACTL volumes up despite enviro

Although buoyed by the one-off Olympic games, Shanghai Pudong International Airport's main cargo terminal continues to buck the industry downtrend as it continues to enjoy growing cargo throughput.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal (PACTL) started its operations at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in 1999 with four customers and 2,000 tonnes of cargo per month. Today, PACTL has grown into a leading cargo terminal operator employing some 1,700 employees with 38 customers and handles an average 90,000 tonnes per month.

While burgeoning fuel prices are hurting airlines and airports globally, PACTL is growing faster than the market in its key segment. Business from Beijing Olympic Games has also helped the company in no small way.

“We handled a total of 93,640 tonnes in July, up slightly by 2 per cent yearon- year,” a PACTL spokesman said. “Cumulatively, we handled 620,271 tonnes between January and July, up 5 per cent versus the same period a year ago.”

Cargo handled by domestic airlines at PACTL, the second-largest independent cargo terminal operator in China, in July was 1,113 tonnes, while those handled by international airlines was 92,527 tonnes, up 55 per cent and 103 per cent year-onyear, respectively.

Last year, PACTL handled 910,077 tonnes of cargo, up 14 per cent yearon- year, while Pudong Airport recorded handling a total of 1.88 million tonnes of cargo, up 33 per cent versus a year earlier, according to the Shanghai Airport Operations Centre.