MIDDLE EAST: Israeli air cargo volumes follow trends

From January to September, Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport handled 196,175 tonnes of air cargo, a drop of 23.9 per cent compared with a year earlier, according to the Israel Airports Authority (IAA). During September Ben Gurion airport handled 21,452 tonnes, a 15.8 per cent drop compared to the same period last year during which 25,476 […]


From January to September, Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport handled 196,175 tonnes of air cargo, a drop of 23.9 per cent compared with a year earlier, according to the Israel Airports Authority (IAA).

During September Ben Gurion airport handled 21,452 tonnes, a 15.8 per cent drop compared to the same period last year during which 25,476 tonnes were handled.

Belly cargo flown by passenger aircraft amounted to 12,091 tonnes in September – import 5,151 tonnes and export 6,940 tonnes – an increase of 5.8 per cent from last year’s 11,426 tonnes.

In September, pure cargo carriers handled a total of 9,361 tonnes, a drop of 33.37 per cent compared to a year earlier. Israeli carrier, El Al handled a September volume of 2,869 tonnes, a drop of 20.6 per cent compared to 3,613 tonnes a year earlier. El Al’s market share improved during September from 25.7 per cent to 30.6 per cent, according to the IAA.

During January – September 2009 El Al carried a total of 31,620 tonnes, a drop of 36 per cent compared to a year earlier.

CAL Cargo Air Lines handled 3,483 tonnes of cargo during same period, a drop of 36 per cent compared to the same month a year earlier when it handled 5,517 tonnes. The company’s market share has been stable at 38 per cent of total cargo moved by freighters in and out of Israel.