Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Ltd (Hactl) – Hong Kong’s major independent cargo handler – achieved 11.5 per cent growth in tonnage through its SuperTerminal 1 base in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period of 2013.
Imports increased 13.6 per cent year on year, to a total of 243,287 tonnes. Exports also grew by 8.8 per cent over 2013, reaching 489,624 tonnes. Transshipments showed the largest percentage growth, to 64,849 tonnes – up 34.2 per cent on the same period of 2013.
Hactl remains Hong Kong’s largest cargo handler, catering for over 100 scheduled passenger and all-cargo airlines, and serving over 1000 forwarders. It operates the airport’s largest cargo facility, with a design capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum.
Says Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead: “When we parted company with Cathay Pacific in 2013, we expected a long uphill struggle to replace this significant element of our business. In reality, we have quickly made up a substantial proportion of the traffic through new account wins, and organic growth among our 100 airline clients.
“The growth in our transshipment traffic – while currently still the smallest part of our business – is very interesting, as it reflects the continuing development of Hong Kong as the preferred regional transshipment hub.