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Hactl Ends 2016 Strong and Sets New Records

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl‘s) latest report shows a strong finish to 2016, beating 2015 tonnages by 1.7% and setting new terminal and ramp handling records.

Total tonnage for 2016 was shown to be 1,653,938, up 1.7% on 2015. The strongest performance was on transshipments, which were up by 29.6% on 2015. Mail, courier and other express traffic meanwhile grew 8.4%, and exports showed 2.1% growth. Only imports declined, down 8.3% – although the negative trend of January-September was reversed in the last quarter, with growth in every month.

Hactl broke its record for weekly cargo handling through SuperTerminal 1 in three consecutive weeks of November, culminating in a new best of 41,926 tonnes in the week November 28 – December 4. During that same week, Hactl handled 628 freighters and surpassed their previous week’s record of 609 aircraft. Freighters handled in the month of November 2016 totaled 2,579 – beating the previous November’s record of 2,242 by over 15%.

As for Hactl’s ramp handling business, they set three new all-time records for freighter handling in the final few weeks of 2016. On November 23, Hactl handled 101 freighters in a single day; this broke its previous best of 98 freighters, set only 19 days earlier.

Hactl Chief Executive Mark Whitehead said, “From a disappointing start, 2016 shaped up to be a very satisfactory year for Hactl and its airline customers. The best results showed in the second half, and are hopefully indicative of a more settled picture for global air cargo that will continue into 2017.”

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