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Pharma and perishables drive Changi air cargo growth

Pharma and perishables drive Changi air cargo growth

Changi, Singapore: The first nine months of 2016 saw Singapore’s Changi Airport register its best cargo performance in the last five years on the back of growth in perishables and pharmaceutical demand, reports Air Cargo News.

Between January and September demand at the airport has increased by 5.5% year on year to 1.44m tonnes, Phau Hui Hoon, assistant vice president, Changi Airport Group, said.

The improvement is on the back of growth in import and transhipment volumes and, segment wise, perishables and pharmaceuticals.

Phau said that pharmaceutical traffic increased by 19% year on year over the first nine months while perishables grew by 11%.

The improvement in pharma traffic is down to a greater awareness about the needs of pharma shippers and also because the airport has been focusing on the sector.