IATA November report suggests airfreight approaching edge of storm

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary data for November indicating total industry-wide cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% year over year. Despite the decline in demand, IATA said November’s performance was the best since March 2019, and reflects the growing importance of large e-commerce events such as Singles […]

British Airways embargoes dog shipments

British Airways has temporarily suspended bookings for transporting dogs as cargo on flights. The carrier announced the news after a dog was found to have been carried in the wrong sized crate, according to local British media. The airline is currently investigating the incident, during which time it will not accept bookings for dogs to […]

Airports’ November volumes signal potential turning point for industry

Airports across the world have released information on November cargo volumes, showing improvements to volumes to end a difficult year. Although the seasonal uptick in volume during the holidays is to be expected, IATA pointed out in its monthly trend report that load factors’ steady improvement by 2 to 2.5 percentage points from August to […]

Consultant Insight: Will 2020 be life changing or mean life support for air cargo?

Will 2020 begin with improving air cargo volumes? It’s possible, especially with easier year-over-year volume comparisons. According to IATA data, December 2018 marked the beginning of international freight tonne kilometers (FTK) declines that lasted through at least October 2019 (latest data available), except for March when FTKs increased by a paltry 0.1%. There are a […]

Etihad Cargo attains CEIV Fresh certification

Etihad Cargo has attained its Center of Excellence for Independent Validators Fresh (CEIV Fresh) certification, which was unveiled at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) World Cargo Symposium in March 2019. The CEIV Fresh certification applies to Etihad’s airline operations, as well as its cargo handling and warehousing at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). According […]

Next year likely to be better for airfreight than 2019, IATA forecasts

Cargo was affected particularly strongly by global economic uncertainty and trade tensions in 2019, but next year could be better, said the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) CEO during a media event on Wednesday. A report released concurrently by IATA confirms that the industry group expects the slowdown that dominated world trade during 2019 to […]

Dachser newly CEIV Pharma certified in North America

Dachser has received the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for its Atlanta branch in the United States – its first certification in North America. According to a press release issued by the company, following Frankfurt (FRA), Mumbai (BOM) and Hyderabad (HYD), […]

Peak season’s weak October start may turn around, IATA reports

In line with reports from WorldACD, airports and carriers worldwide, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary data for October indicating total industry wide cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% year-over-year in October. While this is undoubtedly a slow start to the fourth quarter, IATA said nascent indicators may […]

Cargolux completes Cargo iQ certification renewal

Luxembourg-based Cargolux Airlines has renewed its Cargo iQ certification for the next three years, the carrier announced today. Cargo iQ is an International Air Transport Association (IATA) interest group, comprising airlines and forwarders. The group aims to improve end-to-end work processes across the logistics chain through increased transparency, as well as common and measurable standards. […]

Despite trouble at pax airline, Hong Kong Air Cargo carrying on business as usual

While HNA Group affiliate Hong Kong Airlines is running into serious financial difficulties and is teetering on the verge of collapse, its dedicated airfreight subsidiary, Hong Kong Air Cargo, appears to be conducting business as usual. Hong Kong Air Cargo’s five A330-200Fs are currently all flying, operating services between Hong Kong (HKG) and destinations such […]

CCA’s Evangelakakis and Caristo say booming perishables market requires collaborative approach

LOS ANGELES – While global political uncertainty and trade tensions have applied downward pressure on general cargo volumes for 2019, stakeholders at this year’s Cool Chain Association Americas Conference contend that specialty perishable food products have seen continued growth. On the sidelines of the conference, Air Cargo World sat down with CCA Chairman and Cargolux […]

3 key trends in innovation of cool chain shipping

LOS ANGELES – With about one third of the world’s food going to waste each year at a cost of USD$1 trillion, air cargo hosts a vital role in reducing this amount both for environmental and business purposes. Stakeholders in air cargo estimate that as much as 45% of food shipped along supply chains goes […]

WTO global trade barometer suggests continued weakness into 4Q for airfreight

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Goods Trade Barometer indicates that airfreight is down and below trend through to September 2019, which suggests air cargo will see continued overall weakness into fourth quarter of this year. Though some component indices have stabilized, others continue to decline, reflecting heightened trade tensions and rising tariffs in key sectors […]

Changi Airport cargo community to pursue CEIV Fresh certification

Singapore’s Changi Airport (SIN) today announced that a working group had been formed among the airport’s cargo community to pursue the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.   The airport, together with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, dnata Singapore and Singapore Airlines will shoulder certification-related costs with the aim to improve […]
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