Incheon airport announces volumes and a new service

Incheon Airport has announced its traffic volumes for 2013 and January 2014, alongside the launch of a new freighter service.


Incheon airport announces volumes and a new service


Incheon Airport has announced its traffic volumes for 2013 and January 2014, alongside the launch of a new freighter service. The South Korean gateway reported that its international cargo traffic stood at 2.5 million tonnes in 2013, a recovery after three years of slowdown. In January Incheon processed 198,000 tonnes of cargo, a year-on-year increase of 8.2 per cent, sustaining the growth of the last quarter of 2013.

The airport also gained a new maindeck service with Hong Kong Airlines announcing it will operate a new three times weekly freighter service between Hong Kong and Incheon, marking the first cargo route to Korea for Hong Kong Airlines. The service will be operated with an A330-200F and will focus on delivering high tech goods, including general electronic products, computers and smart phone parts. Incheon Airport anticipates that, with the addition of Hong Kong Airlines, its cargo volumes will increase by 10,000 tonnes annually.

Hong Kong is the largest cargo destination for Incheon airport, with 249,590 tonnes accounting for 10 per cent of its total international cargo. More frequent flights and an inflow for the route are expected as a result of air traffic liberalisation in 2013, alongside the ongoing global economic recovery.