Naha airport International cargo shipments amounts to over 180,000 tons
February 26, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo
According to the statistics by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, international cargo shipments to and from Naha airport in 2014 amounted to 185,087 tons – double the amount in 2008. The figure is twice that of 2008, when All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) had not yet started its international airfreight project. This is the first time the total amount of cargo transaction has exceeded 180,000 tons. The statistics were referred to on February 26 in the prefectural assembly when Akikazu Shimoji of the Okinawa Prefectural Government responded to questions from Kosuke Gushi of the Liberal Democratic Party.
The quantity of cargo coming in and out of Naha airport increased by 19.7 percent within a year of the introduction of the international freight project. The number at Narita Airport was the largest (2,043,399 tons), followed by Kansai (700,325 tons), Haneda (258,714 tons), and Naha.
New ANA flight routes and an increase in cargo occupancy rates have contributed to the increase in transactions.
In order to further boost international trade, Shimoji announced a project to expand airline container space to promote the export of Okinawan products overseas. He also stated the prefectural government would hold conferences to discuss using Naha Airport as a hub to attract specialty products from all around the nation.
(English translation by T&CT)
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