United Cargo carried 200,637 tonnes in July, a 6.2-percent drop when compared to July 2011's tonnage total. Cargo activity for the carrier was also down year-to-date; United saw 7.6-percent less tonnage in July 2012 than in July 2011. Revenue passenger miles were also down in July, except in the Pacific and Latin America regions, where United saw increases in activity of less than 2 percent in each area.
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport a $17.6 million grant to be used for runway and taxiway upgrades. Planned projects include the rehabilitation of the airport's 10,000-foot runway and 1,800 feet of taxiway, both of which are more than 20 years old. The upgrades will "help maintain a safe and efficient air transportation system for cargo operations as well as passengers,” Michael Huerta, the FAA's acting administrator, said in a statement.
In July, cargo capacity at LAN Cargo decreased 4.5 percent when compared to the same period in 2011. Capacity also fell by 2.8 percent. Officials blame weaker imports into Latin America for the loss, but note that strong demand for exports from South America helped cargo traffic in July.
Air Mauritius has signed up with mercator for its rapid cargo solution, a revenue management system. The Mauritian carrier, which flies to more than 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia, already uses mercator's passenger system.
Kerry Logistics has continued its push into Asia with the launch of new offices in Burma and Sri Lanka. The two new facilities will complement the logistics provider’s existing cargo network in Vietnam, Thailand, India and Bangladesh, according to a press release.