Hawaii air cargo traffic rises

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Air cargo traffic volume to Hawaii airports this year is running 13% higher than the levels of last year, a state official said Tuesday.

"Cargo levels caught up to 2008 levels over the summer," said Jeff Chang of the state government's Airports Division, to the annual meeting of the Hawaii Cargo Association.

Volume has been up 14% to Honolulu International Airport, Chang told the meeting, but it has been up in low single digit percentages to most neighbor island airports, and down to Lanai and Molokai.

Sources with local air cargo haulers said construction materials shipments to Honolulu have picked up but there has not yet been a commensurate increase to neighbor islands.

Young Brothers, which handles half the maritime shipping between the islands, has also seen little increase to date in shipments of construction materials, reflecting perhaps the fact that major new projects have been confined mainly to Oahu.

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