Melbourne Airport handled a record 43 per cent of all Australian air freight exports in January, or more than 12,700 tonnes in volume. Perishable items accounted for 55 per cent of all air freight exports during the month, with meat accounting for around one-quarter of all exports.
“These results highlight the vital role that international air freight plays in supporting Victorian farmers and manufacturers in getting their goods to valuable overseas markets,” Melbourne Airport CEO, Chris Woodruff said.
The amount of air freight exported through Melbourne Airport in January 2013 outstripped Sydney (30 percent of total exports), Brisbane (13 percent)and Perth (11 percent).
While around 85 per cent of air freight is carried in the belly of passenger aircraft, there has been an increase in the number of dedicated freighter aircraft operating at Melbourne in recent months, particularly for the export of meat to markets in the Middle East.
In addition to getting Victorian-made goods and agricultural produce to market, Melbourne Airport is also the international gateway for producers and manufacturers in Tasmania and South Australia.