Belly capacity drives cargo growth at Vienna Airport

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Cargo volumes at Vienna Airport were up 16% in the first quarter of 2024 due to increased belly capacity in passenger aircraft.

Picture credit: Flughafen Wien

In the first quarter, the airport handled 68,058 tons of imports and exports, 16% higher than last year and 2% above pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Belly cargo was up 52% to 27,131 tons, which more than compensated for the 12% decline to 20,238 tons carried on freighter aircraft.

Trucked cargo increased by 15% to 20,678 tons.

Imports and exports both grew with imports up 14% to 37,468 tons and exports by 17% to 30,572 tons.

Volumes at the Pharma Handling Center were up 6.9% to 886 tons.

Michael Zach, Head of Handling Services at Flughafen Wien, says, “Demand for air freight is picking up noticeably, both for general cargo and for pharmaceutical shipments, which we handle in our own state-of-the-art pharmaceutical centre. The flight schedule change has already added additional long-haul capacity to North America and Asia. We are prepared for further growth in order to strengthen and expand our role as an air cargo hub for Central and Eastern Europe with these and other connections to international markets.”