Air Freight

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IATA Air Freight Monthly Analysis

IATA produces monthly air freight figures for the global industry.


CAA produces airport statistics

Monthly and annually for all UK airports.  CAA airport data

CAA air freight 2013 2014 2015

the other UK airports deal with under 1,000 tonnes of air freight per year.

See CAA Table 13.2 Air freight 2005 to 2015

for all the freight data for all UK airports every year from 2005 to 2015


Heathrow air freight in recent years:

2002 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
1,234,940 1,310,987 1,397,054 1,277,650 1,472,988 1,484,351 1,464,390 1,422,939

 

2014 2015
1 498 906  1 496 551


UK Air Freight tonnage  – CAA data

Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
London Airports 1,667,803 1,795,326 1,788,671 1,717,360 1,724,040
All UK reporting airports 2,205,934 2,368,601 2,360,984 2,314,547 2,325,239
75.6% London in 2003
Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
London Airports 1,743,028 1,563,783 1,808,005 1,802,939 1,805,761
All UK reporting airports 2,282,153 2,047,861 2,324,822 2,297,602 2,302,329
77.8% London in 2013

 

      Year      2013 2014 2015
London airports      1,760,690      1,819,587      1,805,955
All UK reporting airports      2,262,387      2,304,487      2,299,344

 

Total 2013

from RCD Aviation

UK air cargo Jan to Dec 2013 cf 2012


 


 

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Air Freight

 

CAA data showing air freight at all UK airports 2002 to 2012

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/80/airport_data/2012Annual/Table_13_2_Freight_2002_2012.pdf

(Tonnes)

Excerpt showing just the largest airports, by air freight, for some of the years:

Airport                (air freight in tonnes) 2002 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 % change 2012 cf. 2011
HEATHROW 1,234,940 1,310,987 1,397,054 1,277,650 1,472,988 1,484,351 1,464,390 -1
EAST MIDLANDS     219,252     274,753     261,507     255,121     273,669     264,595  264,292 0
STANSTED     184,449     203,747     197,738     182,810     202,238     202,593 214,160 6
GATWICK     242,519     171,078     107,702       74,680     104,032       88,085       97,567 11
MANCHESTER     113,279     165,366     141,781     102,543     115,922     107,415       96,822 -10
MANSTON       32,240       28,371       25,673       30,038       28,103       27,495       31,078 13
LUTON       20,459       38,095       40,518       28,643       28,743       27,905       29,635 6
BELFAST INTERNAT       29,474       38,429       36,115       29,804       29,716       31,062       29,095 -6
EDINBURGH       21,232       19,292       12,418       23,791       20,357       19,332       19,115 -1
BIRMINGHAM       13,326       13,585       12,192       13,070       21,605       16,626       19,088 15
PRESTWICK       39,500       31,517       22,966       13,385       12,163       11,846       10,314 -13
GLASGOW         5,041         4,276         3,546         2,334         2,914         2,430         9,497 291
ABERDEEN         3,808         3,434         4,006         3,822         4,211         5,311         6,166 16
NEWCASTLE         1,437            785         1,938         2,597         3,650         3,059         2,956 -3
COVENTRY         4,673         7,469         5,921         2,440                 –            564         2,500 343
JERSEY         5,543         4,416         4,332         3,672         3,027         2,634         2,478 -6
GUERNSEY         4,445         3,420         3,309         2,901         2,132         2,194         1,940 -12
BOURNEMOUTH         5,683            253              17                4            304                0         1,121 0
SCATSTA            676            765            723            752            765            808            873 8
HUMBERSIDE            126            144            168            241            600         1,132            621 -45
BELFAST CITY         1,058         1,057            168            138            155            457            581 27
ISLE OF MAN         2,178            533            595            500            404            424            433 2
SUMBURGH              98            104            144              53            268            315            362 15
SOUTHAMPTON            382            297            264            209            116            132            359 172
LEEDS BRADFORD            114            109            334            359            235            194            282 45
DONCASTER SHEFFIELD              –         1,602         1,350            344            216            102            276 171
NORWICH              92            188            239            339            266            330            213 -35
ISLAY            191            272            275            229            213            209            168 -20
ALDERNEY            449            290            323            275            216            182            161 -12
STORNOWAY            767            558            551            475            192            115            154 34
Total for all reporting UK airports 2,193,255 2,325,239 2,282,153 2,047,861 2,324,822 2,297,602 2,302,329 0
 2002  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012

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CAA data.   Total All Reporting UK Airports. Air freight. (Tonnes)

2001     2,143,281

2002     2,193,255

2003     2,205,934

2004     2,368,601

2005     2,360,984

2006     2,314,547

2007     2,325,239

2008     2,282,153

2009     2,047,861

2010     2,324,822

2011    2,297,602    down -1% compared to 2010

2012   2,302,329   almost no change compared to 2011

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/80/airport_data/2011Annual/Table_13_2_Freight_2001_2011.pdf

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/80/airport_data/2012Annual/Table_13_2_Freight_2002_2012.pdf

 


 Global air freight in 2012 (IATA data)

air freight 2012 from IATA

http://www.iata.org/whatwedo/Documents/economics/MIS_Note_Dec12.pdf

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AirportWatch report  on air freight

 “Air Freight: The Impacts”  Air freight pays no tax on aviation fuel.  It is exempt from VAT.  And it does not pay the equivalent of Air Passenger Duty.   10.12.2009  More …..
Full report    “Air Freight: the Impacts” full report  (pdf)   38 pages
5 page summary   “Air Freight: the Impacts” Summary
Airport-by-airport analysis  Airport by Airport analysis   15 pages


Sources of information on air freight

Civil Aviation Authority statistics

(Air Freight is Table 13 each month)

Trade press sources:

Air Cargo World              

Air  Cargo News            

International Freighting Weekly

UK Airport News                

BA World Cargo News  

AEA   (Association of European Airlines)  

IATA press releases

 

 

 World’s busiest airports by cargo traffic (Wikipedia)

(2009)
1.  Memphis  (3,697,054 metric tonnes)   2.  Hong Kong     3.  Shanghai     4.  Seoul
 5.  Paris Charles de Gaulle     6.  Anchorage     7.  Louisville     8. Dubai     9.  Frankfurt     10.  Narita     11.  Singapore     12.  Miami     13.  Los Angeles     14.  Beijing
15.  Taiwan     16.  Heathrow  (1,349,571 tonnes)   17.  Amsterdam     18. JFK New York     19.  Chicago     20.  Bangkok

Mail sent by air freight    

The CAA provides data – each year
 Table 16 1: Mail by Type and Nat of Operator
Table 16 2: Mail (past 10 years)
Table 17: Intl and Domestic Mail
Table 18: Mail by Acft Configuration
for the 10 UK airports with the most mail.
 

UK Air freight tonnage month by month,

compared to equivalent month a year earlier  (CAA figures)   see link ……
See also BAA airports data, month by month.   BAA release the figures for their airports, around the middle of each month, at   BAA press releases
Recent  BAA monthly figures have been put together, for ease of access, at

Air freight in the UK in recent years

 Air freight in the UK in 2010
These were the top 11 airports for air freight.   (tonnes)  (CAA figures)
Airport Name                 2010 tonnes            % change from
                                                                                 2009
HEATHROW                         1,472,988                    +15
EAST MIDLANDS                    273,669                     + 7
STANSTED                             202,238                     + 11
MANCHESTER                        115,922                     +13
GATWICK                               104,032                      +39
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL        29,716                       0
LUTON                                      28,743                       0
MANSTON (KENT INT)               28,103                      – 6
BIRMINGHAM                            21,605                     + 65
EDINBURGH                              20,357                     -14
PRESTWICK                              12,163                     – 9
Total of all reporting UK airports in 2008 =  2,324,822 tonnes – (+ 14% more than in 2009)
Air freight in the UK in 2009
These were the top 11 airports for air freight.   (tonnes)  (CAA figures)
Airport Name                 2009 tonnes            % change from
                                                                                 2008
HEATHROW                  1,277,649                      – 9
EAST MIDLANDS              255,120                      – 2
STANSTED                       182,810                      – 8
MANCHESTER                  102,543                     – 28
GATWICK                           74,679                     – 31
KENT INTERNATIONAL        30,037                     +17
BELFAST INTERNATIONAL  29,803                     -17
LUTON                                28,643.                    – 29
EDINBURGH                        23,79.                    + 92
PRESTWICK                       13,385                    – 42
BIRMINGHAM                      13,069                    + 7
Total of all reporting UK airports in 2009 =  2,047,861 tonnes – ( – 10% less than in 2008)
Air freight in the UK in 2008
These were the top 11 airports for air freight.   (tonnes)  (CAA figures)
Airport Name                 2008 tonnes            % change from
                                                                                 2007

HEATHROW                 1397053.818                + 7%
EAST MIDLANDS           261506.671                 – 5
STANSTED                    197738.177                 – 3
MANCHESTER              141780.692                 – 14
GATWICK                      107702.029                 – 37
LUTON                            40517.9                    + 6
BELFAST INTERNAT       36114.583                  – 6
KENT INTERNAT             25673.281                  – 10
PRESTWICK                   22965.994                  – 27
EDINBURGH                   12417.769                  – 36
BIRMINGHAM                  12191.896                 – 10

Total of all reporting UK airports in 2008 =  2,282,153 tonnes – (2% less than in 2007)
see also BAA airports freight data for all of 2008 – see BAA press release 
Air Freight in the UK in 2007
These were the top 12 airports for air freight.    (tonnes)  (CAA figures)
1    Heathrow                         1,310,987
2    N’ham East Midlands          274,753
3    Stansted                            203,747
4    Gatwick                             171,078
5    Manchester                        165,368
6    Belfast International               38,429
7    Luton                                   38,095
8    Prestwick                             31,517
9    Kent                                     28,371
10   Edinburgh                            19,292
11   Birmingham                          13,585
12   Coventry                                7,469
Total of all reporting UK airports in 2007 =  2,325,772 tonnes – (no increase on 2006)
Air Freight in the UK in 2006
These were the top 10 airports for air freight.    (tonnes)
(CAA figures)
1   Heathrow                      1,263,129
2   N’ham East Midlands        272,303
3   Stansted                          224,312
4   Gatwick                           211,857
5   Manchester                      148,957
6   Belfast International            38,417
7   Edinburgh                           35,389
8   Prestwick                           28,537
9   Kent                                   20,841
10  Luton                                17,993
11  Birmingham                       14,681
12 Coventry                              7,785
Total of all UK reporting airports in 2006 =   2,315,445 tonnes
(a 2% increase on 2005)
Freight  (tonnes)  in 2002   (CAA figures)
1  Heathrow                        1,234,940
2  Gatwick                            242,519
3  N’ham East Midlands         219,252
4  Stansted                            184,449
5  Manchester                        113,279
6  Prestwick                            39,500
7  Kent International                 32,240
8  Belfast International              29,274
9  Edinburgh                            21,232
10  Luton                                 20,459
Total of all UK reporting airports in 2002  =  2,195,433 tonnes

 

DfT produces analysis of the end-to-end journey of UK air freight

12.5.2009    The DfT has published its end to end analysis for air freight in the UK. I t is a 56 page document, containing a great deal of information about air freight in the UK, over past decades, and projections into the future. The document focuses mainly on Heathrow – the largest cargo airport in the UK, and East Midlands, which has the most express courier services.   The UK imports (57%) more air freight than it exports (43%) by weight. This adds up to over 1,280,000 tonnes of imports (1,230,000 tonnes excluding domestic air freight) and 960,000 tonnes of exports. The primary routes for air freight in and out of the UK are the transatlantic routes to and from the United States for both imports and exports, and also routes bringing imports from the major Asian economies.  There is a lot of detail.    More …..

Air Freighter accidents

Unfortunately, being older aircraft and with less attention to safety in some countries, there are far more accidents to frieght aircraft that to passenger aircraft.   More …..