During the period January to May 2009 Ben Gurion International Airport handled 122,068 tons, a drop of 28.24% compared to the corresponding five first months of 2008
The Israel Airport Authority (IAA) announced last week that global recession has reduced cargo movements in May. Total cargo at Ben Gurion International Airport was 21,068 tons, a decline of 23.96% compared to the parallel month last year (27,710 tons).
The figure for May was, according to the IAA, better compared to April during which only 20,996 tons were handled. During month of May cargo airlines handled 10,727 tons a drop of 35.71% compared to the parallel (16,687 tons).
During the period January to May 2009 Ben Gurion International Airport handled 122,068 tons, a drop of 28.24% compared to the corresponding five first months of 2008 during which 156,185 tons were handled.
C.A.L handled during May 4,233 tons, a drop of 27% compared to the corresponding month (5,820 tons). C.A.L's cargo market share during May improved to 39.5% of total cargo handled at Ben Gurion International Airport.
El Al was ranked second with market share of 31% with 3,335 tons representing a drop of 32% compared to the corresponding month, (4,896 tons).
Passenger traffic at Ben-Gurion International Airport contracted by 15% during the first five months of 2009 compared with the parallel period in 2009.
Only 3.7 million travelers have passed through Ben-Gurion since the beginning of the year, compared with 4.3 million between January and June 2008. A total of 31,400 flights landed at the airport in the same period, down from 33,400 in the parallel period last year.