Athens cheers first cargo growth since 2008

The cargo community at Athens International Airport finally celebrates a modest but highly significant increase in the January cargo tonnage of 6,000 tonnes accounting for five per cent growth yearon- year and the first increase since 2008.


Athens cheers first cargo growth since 2008


The cargo community at Athens International Airport finally celebrates a modest but highly significant increase in the January cargo tonnage of 6,000 tonnes accounting for five per cent growth yearon- year and the first increase since 2008.

Although the volumes are well down on pre-2008 annual performance, the airport cargo team feels optimistic about the recovery.

Alexis Sioris, manager cargo development commented: “It makes a pleasant change to report some positive results after so many years of diminishing volumes and although it is still early days we believe that 2014 will see some stability and growth. According to our customers, the transport industry in Greece has struggled for survival. Much of this is due to reduced spending within the domestic market, resulting in imports being down by around 25-30 per cent. However national exports are up by 7-10 per cent as companies concentrate their efforts on overseas markets. Our January outbound air cargo traffic increased by one per cent which reflects this trend”.