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HACTL chief executive says 2014 was a "solid year"

Chief executive of Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), Mark Whitehead, has explained in a new year message that 2014 was a “solid year” for the cargo operator.

Head of the Hong Kong International Airport cargo operator, explains that tonnage was 8.7% above 2013 (excluding the CX Group tonnage), and in November, Hactl set new records on daily, weekly and monthly tonnage, while growth in tonnage has been due to several factors.

These he says are from acquiring several new customers in 2014; the increased volumes of many customers and a strong Q4 performance helped by the congestion at the US West Coast seaports and the temporary shift of cargo from sea to air.

Whitehead continues: “Hactl was awarded the “Ground Handler of the Year” for the third time and Hacis was awarded the “Regional Logistics Provider of the Year” for the first time in the Payload Asia Awards.

“We also won the “Air Cargo Terminal of the Year” in Supply Chain Asia Awards 2014. These awards are the recognitions of staff’s hard work and dedication throughout the year.

“Looking forward to 2015, we are hopeful for another good year with modest growth in tonnage throughput.

“It is anticipated transshipment will continue to grow on the back of intra-Asia trade and further support the status of Hong Kong International Airport as the world’s busiest air cargo hub.

“I wish to thank our hard working, professional staff and am delighted to say our turnover rate in 2014 was materially lower than the industry average at the HKIA.

“This is a competitive advantage for Hactl, since a stable workforce can be continuously trained and developed to meet the changing requirements of our customers.

“I would like to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to Chan Chin Hung who will retire at end 2014 after 38 years of service. We all wish him well in his retirement.

“We will continue our policy in 2015 of working closely with our customers to understand their needs and tailor our services to help our customers achieve their goals."

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