China’s airports see 5% cargo growth in 2013

China’s civil airports maintained a steady growth in 2013 as expected, according to a statistical data released by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently.


China’s airports see 5% cargo growth in 2013


China’s civil airports maintained a steady growth in 2013 as expected, according to a statistical data released by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently. The annual statistical communiqué, equivalent to annual report, was published in its official newspaper on 28 March.

China’s overall air cargo volume gained 4.9 per cent to about 12.58 million tonnes. Domestic air cargo/mail traffic grew 5.7 per cent to 8.3 million tonnes from the previous year, while its international cargo throughput rose 3.4 per cent to 4.29 million tonnes.

There were 50 airports that handled more than 10,000 tonnes of cargo in 2013, accounting for 98.5 per cent of total cargo traffic. Airports in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou grabbed the lion’s share of 51.8 per cent of the total throughput.

Shanghai Pudong International Airport kept the number one position in cargo/mail transportation, with 2.9 million tonnes carried, but dropped 0.3 per cent from 2012. Beijing Capital International Airport (1.8 million tonnes, +2.4 per cent) and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (1.3 million tonnes, +4.9 per cent ) followed.

The total passenger throughput increased 11 per cent to 754.3 million passengers in 2013, 130 million passengers more than 2012. Overall passenger throughput of domestic air routes in China grew 10.8 per cent to 690.85 million passengers from the previous year, while passenger throughput of international air routes reached 63.45 million passengers with growth rate of 13.3 per cent.