New airport cargo facilities scarce: Chicago and Miami projects dominate recent construction

Construction will begin this year on a major new cargo facility at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Last year, a nearly-as-huge facility leased by Centurion Air Cargo opened at Miami International Airport. These impressive projects are among the rare on-airport cargo facilities being built despite an abundance of outdated cargo facilities across the U.S. Industry observers say […]

Connectivity propels Middle East

If airlines in the world’s more mature markets are concerned about the recent growth of new competitors in the Middle East, they haven’t seen anything yet. Boeing forecast in November 2013 that airlines in the region will require no fewer than 2,610 new airplanes over the next two decades, one-third of which to replace existing […]

Sleeping giant: Infrastructure needs impede India’s airfreight progress

India seemingly has all the ingredients to be one of the world’s great air cargo centers. Rapid growth of international trade, a huge manufacturing engine and a population of more than 1.2 billion all bode well for the industry. However, for a variety of reasons, India has not realized this great potential. Participants in India’s […]

Keeping cool: Biologic drugs driving growth of airfreight niche

New transportation regulations coupled with growing demand for vaccines and biologic medications are resulting in robust growth in the airfreight of pharmaceuticals. These products are more temperature-sensitive than products of the past and must have precise temperature control to maintain their efficacy. The European Union toughened its transport regulations effective Sept. 8, 2013, and other […]

Adopting e-AWB tougher than flipping a switch

Few airfreight companies dispute that embracing the e-Air Waybill will benefit business. Companies and experts point to the e-AWB’s advantages and the need for the industry to accept it. But getting to the point of total e-AWB adoption is another hurdle. The air cargo industry’s slow migration toward electronic documentation led the International Air Transport […]
  • January 31, 2014

Cargo execs reflect on industry

One of the air cargo sector’s strengths is its breadth of astute management. As the industry heads optimistically into the uncertainty of 2014, it will rely heavily on the guidance of its top executives. Air Cargo World has selected six of the industry’s best to highlight in our annual Air Cargo Leaders feature. United Cargo […]

Companies scramble to stay ahead in Latin America

Brazil is booming, due in part to the upcoming World Cup and Olympics. Mexico’s economy is expanding. Colombia, Argentina and Chile are getting a heaping helping of growth. The question for airlines and forwarders is not why they should increase air cargo infrastructure in Latin America. The question is why wouldn’t they. “Certainly we will […]
  • November 5, 2013

Global airfreight market sees sluggish growth begin in 2013

The airfreight market has been limping along for the past couple of years due to slowing global trade and the shift of some commodities to sea transport. Based on International Air Transport Association figures, the airfreight market contracted 1.5 percent in 2012 and 0.7 percent in 2011.  Although airfreight capacity was reduced throughout 2012, the […]
  • October 30, 2013

Economic malaise tempers outlook of shippers

Shippers of air cargo are hopeful but realistic about the prospects for an industry rebound in 2014. That’s the gist of opinions offered by readers responding to an Air Cargo World survey. Sustained improvement depends on the growth of the U.S. economy, they say. Global challenges include too much capacity and lack of infrastructure in […]

What drives growth?

Are airports catalysts for growth or does economic development drive airport growth? Both come into play, and usually it’s a case of available land. Air cargo consultant Michael Webber says it’s the classic case of the chicken or the egg. He says both airports and their surrounding areas can be catalysts for growth, depending on […]

Cargo struggles to kick back

About half of the 50 busiest cargo airports in the world saw a decline in freight activity – and most other airports’ cargo volumes barely budged. Hong Kong International Airport was once again No. 1 on the list of the busiest cargo airports according to Airports Council International. In 2012, it saw a 2.3 percent […]

Forwarders find patent pit perilous

U.S. President Barack Obama and Brandon Fried are worried about the same problem. “This has been a frustrating experience for me personally,” Fried, executive director of the U.S. Airforwarders Association, says. “Over a five-year period, in fits and starts, I’ve had members come to me, usually completely panicked.” In the past five years, 20 freight […]
  • September 30, 2013

Forwarders pursue pockets of growth in Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Changi Airport is trying to make freighters feel welcome. In March, Southeast Asia’s preeminent gateway extended financial incentives to freighter airlines that it had first unveiled the year before. These offer a 50 percent rebate on the landing fee for scheduled freighter flights, which will be changed to 30 percent in the first quarter […]
  • September 30, 2013

Technology can handle it

Technology providers for air cargo can easily name the challenges the industry faces. “The No. 1 challenge that they have is how can they respond to a market over which they have very little control,” VK Mathews, founder and executive chairman of IBS, an India-based IT company specializing in airfreight. Mathews also mentions how most […]
  • August 28, 2013
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