Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah’s international airports all saw slight year on year increases in cargo tonnage in the first quarter of 2009.
For the January-March period, Abu Dhabi handled 82,669 tonnes, year on year growth of 0.8%; Dubai 425,173 tonnes, year on year growth of 0.4%; and Sharjah 82,030 tonnes, year on year growth of 13.3%.
Fujairah’s tonnage rose 16.9%, reaching 8889 tonnes for the period.
Elsewhere, Amman’s cargo tonnage was down 17.2% year on year in the January-March period; Muscat’s cargo tonnage fell 6.6% and Kuwait’s was down by 0.7%.
Beirut’s cargo tonnage, however, rose 8.4% year on year in the same period.
The figures were supplied by Airports Council International (ACI) and cover loaded and unloaded freight and mail.
For Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, March was key in coming out ahead for the quarter as a whole.
In March, Abu Dhabi handled 30,574 tonnes of cargo, a year on year increase of 2.1%; Dubai 159,302 tonnes, year on year growth of 3.5%; and Sharjah 35,028 tonnes, year on year growth of 50.1%.
In February, by comparison, cargo tonnage was down 2.1% year on in Abu Dhabi, up 0.3% in Dubai and down 3.4% in Sharjah.
In January, Abu Dhabi saw year on year growth of 2.3%, Dubai fell 2.9% and Sharjah dropped 5.0%