Lufthansa Cargo, Air France-KLM-Martinair squeak by with marginal growth in December

This week, two of Europe’s largest cargo carriers, Lufthansa Cargo and Air France-KLM-Martinair, released their results for December 2018, in which both saw increased traffic, despite an industry-wide plateau in peak-season demand – each reporting revenue-tonne-kilometer (RTK) growth of 0.4 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively. While the marginal increases are an achievement in themselves, in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 11, 2019

Overall air cargo demand is flat, but certain pockets thrive

The 31-month streak of year-over-year increases in demand for air freight had to end sometime, and that time has now arrived, according to the latest roundup of November 2018 air cargo totals from IATA, as well as from cargo analysts WorldACD. However, while the current trade environment and flat macro-economic averages portray a grim picture […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 8, 2019

Hong Kong, Brussels airports to form cool-chain corridor with Pharma.Aero

Today, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), Brussels Airport (BRU) and Pharma.Aero – a group centered around upholding pharma shipping standards – released news of a three-way collaboration to launch a pharma corridor that will create a seamless cold-chain link between the two major international airfreight hubs. Shipments travelling along the route will be handled in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 7, 2019

Lufthansa Cargo launches its own dangerous goods app

This week, Lufthansa Cargo deepened its foray into the digitalization of its operations with the launch of a dangerous goods declarations (DGD) app,, which will serve as a platform for shippers of dangerous goods to perform the traditionally paper-based process via a time-saving app. is not the carrier’s first foray into the digitalization […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 18, 2018

Airfreight demand growth slowdown ahead, says IATA

Growth in demand for airfreight will reach its slowest pace since 2016 next year, according to a new report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The organization forecasts a 3.7 percent annual increase to 65.9 million tonnes in 2019, compared to the 4.1 percent increase it forecasted for 2018. A pattern of slower growth […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 13, 2018

IATA’s Oct. results for cargo demand show slim international growth

International demand for airfreight for the month of October grew at a relatively weak rate of 3.1 percent, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), compared to the previous October, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The figure is a slight improvement following September, when the organization reported a 29-month low of 2.5 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 6, 2018

IATA reports demand increased only 2 percent in September

September traffic data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) shows a sluggish 2 percent year-over-year growth in demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) – less than half of the five-year average growth rate of 5.1 percent. The report is essentially on par with the WorldACD’s September analysis, which reported an even slimmer growth […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 5, 2018

IATA moves to e-AWB effective Jan. 1

Following years of encouragement and industry incentives, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced today that the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) will become the default contract of carriage for all air cargo shipments on enabled trade lanes, effective Jan. 1, 2019. The new default strives to make e-AWBs the norm, and paper AWBs the exception. […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 1, 2018

TACF18: ANA Cargo, CargoXS join Cargo iQ

TORONTO – Tokyo-based ANA Cargo and Netherlands-based IT company CargoXS have joined Cargo iQ, the IATA interest group created to implement quality standards for the air cargo industry. The organization’s executive director Ariaen Zimmerman released the news today during a panel at TIACA’s Air Cargo Forum. Hiroshi Sugiguchi, executive vice president of global marketing at ANA Cargo […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 18, 2018

With ‘restocking’ over, IATA predicts slow growth, higher yields in H2

The air cargo industry must prepare for slower growth in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) in the second half of 2018, but should have stronger yields, thanks to high aircraft utilization that may offset rising costs, according to IATA’s latest “Cargo Chartbook” report for the third quarter. In the Q3 report, IATA said annual growth in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 13, 2018

IATA reports only 2.1% air freight traffic growth for July

Today, IATA released its July report on demand for air freight capacity, which shows a slow-down in year-over-year growth, the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016, despite members throughout the supply chain showing decent growth during the month. Deputy editor Caryn Livingston investigated for our sister publication, Cargo Facts. Follow the link below to read […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 29, 2018

Air Canada Cargo first to obtain CEIV-Live Animal cert

Yesterday, Air Canada Cargo became the first to obtain IATA’s CEIV-Live Animal certification – the newest denomination within IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) portfolio of cargo-handling frameworks, a project that the airline “played a key role in helping to pilot.” IATA’s CEIV certifications provide standardization for the movement of sensitive cargo – […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 10, 2018

IATA reports flattening global demand for airfreight

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported a global growth in demand for airfreight measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) of 2.7 percent during June – less than half the rate experienced during the same period last year. Capacity was reported to have grown by 4.1 percent, marking the fourth consecutive month that growth in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 8, 2018

IATA’s confidence index survey shows industry is hopeful, but cautious

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released the results of its latest “Airline Business Confidence Index” survey, which indicates that industry leaders are still optimistic about continued growth in demand for air freight, but cautious as they come down from the high of last year’s heyday, for a few reasons. The survey, conducted in […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 26, 2018
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