Lux-Airport published record levels of airfreight cargo in 2017.
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Luxembourg airport handled a record 938,000 tons of freight in 2017.
Lux-Airport published the latest stats on Thursday 1 February, noting it beat the 2007 record, the year before the financial crisis hit the freight sector until 2013, when figures of cargo volumes started to increase again.
Worldwide airfreight volume grew by 9% in 2017.
Traffic increased with Zhengzhou Airport; up to 15 weekly flights were operated between Luxembourg and Zhengzhou.
Emirates SkyCargo started flights to Luxembourg in June.
Cargo airline ranking
Cargolux remains the largest cargo airline at Luxembourg Airport. Qatar Airways, another strong contributor to the growth, is second, increasing its flights from 15 to 27 per week in 2017. Atlas Air remains in third position, Silk Way West Airlines climbs to fourth spot and China Airlines is fifth in transported tons of freight at Luxembourg.
Types of cargo
31,000 tons of pharma products were shipped through Luxembourg in 2017.
Cars, helicopters and aircraft engines were also cargo, along with “thousands of animals”, such as alpacas, bison, deer, fish, giraffes, gorillas, hamsters, horses, kangaroos, pigs, swans, turtles and zebras.