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Despite March recovery, Doha reports drop in first quarter volumes

Today, Doha International Airport (DOH) reported it handled 505,581 tonnes of cargo in the first three months of 2019, a 1.7% decline compared to the same period the year prior, according to data published by the Arab Air Carrier’s Organization (AACO).   Although few airports have reported March volumes, data from Doha indicates that cargo traffic in March may have improved slightly over the first two months of 2019. Volumes in January […]

Increased wait times at U.S.-Mexico border may compel modal shift to air

Last week, the United States President Donald Trump suggested the potential complete closing of the U.S.-Mexico border. This rhetoric exacerbates uncertainty among shipping companies involved in cross-border freight movements, after the issue had previously been considered largely resolved with the creation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace NAFTA. To address the new uncertainty, logistics companies, such as U.S.-based C.H. Robinson, are advising consideration of alternate modes of […]

Global airport congestion increases in 2019, pushes carriers to consider new locations

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2019 worldwide airport slot report showing increased congestion levels at major airports, which may push cargo providers to seek other airport options. A subsequent statement from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) said that tightening local regulations surrounding delayed and overnight flights are exacerbating congestion issues. According […]

Mexico City three-airport plan takes heat from industry leaders

In October, Mexico voters moved to abandon plans for the construction of a massive, US$13.3 billion replacement airport for Mexico City International (MEX) after the new airport was about one-third complete. Mexico’s government has since announced plans to operate three airports in the vicinity – continued operation at MEX, additional utilization of Toluca Airport (TLC) and conversion […]

Mexico to halt construction of massive new airport

Following a controversial, four-day referendum, Mexican voters hastily elected to abandon a US $13.3 billion project that is currently underway to build a replacement airport for Mexico City International. Instead of moving ahead with the new airport, voters favored an alternative option to supplement existing capacity at Mexico City International (MEX) by expanding commercial operations […]