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Melbourne Airport leads in Australian airfreight exports

By Hpanchal on March 26, 2013

A 32 percent increase in airfreight exports makes Melbourne Airport the leading Australian airport for airfreight export activity.

Airfreight exports increased in January by 32 percent compared to January 2012.

Melbourne Airport handled a record 43 percent of all Australian airfreight exports in January, more than 12,700 tonnes in volume. Perishable items made up 55 percent of all airfreight exports during the month, with meat accounting for around one-quarter of all exports.

“These results highlight the vital role that international airfreight plays in supporting Victorian farmers and manufacturers in getting their goods to valuable overseas markets,” Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said. “We are further developing our capacity for freight movements through the expansion of our freight apron, providing more space for the handling of airfreight on and off aircraft.”

While around 85 percent is belly cargo, there has been an increase in the number of dedicated freighter aircraft operating at Melbourne in recent months, especially for the export of meat to the Middle East.

Victorian producers rely on airfreight to export a wide variety of agricultural and horticultural products. These exports accounted for around 70 percent of all airfreight exports from Melbourne Airport by volume.

Melbourne Airport is also the international gateway for producers and manufacturers in Tasmania and South Australia.