American carriers report more traffic declines with move into 4Q

Americas-based carriers Delta Air Lines and LATAM Cargo shrugged off the move into peak season with continued drops in traffic during October 2019, and in LATAM’s case, reported an even larger year-over-year (y-o-y) decline than that seen in September. Taken on their own, the y-o-y declines mostly cap off an overall difficult year, but considering […]

IATA reports weak September traffic, sees possibility for improvement in 2020  

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released preliminary data indicating that total industry wide cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% year-over-year in September. The continued contraction of the market reflects the general disappointment for air cargo toward the start of its traditional peak season.   However, IATA noted in its September Air Freight Market Analysis that most of the decline in […]

AAPA: Asian carriers practicing prudence amid September 6.5% fall in FTKs 

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) released preliminary traffic figures indicating a 6.5% year-on-year decline in air cargo demand as measured in freight tonne kilometers for September. According to the AAPA, the decline reflects stagnant international trade activity on the back of continued weakness in external demand.   The average international freight load factor for the month […]

FIATA and TRAFFIC launch free digital course on prevention of wildlife trafficking  

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC launched a new digital “Prevention of Wildlife Trafficking” course on Oct. 4, during the FIATA World Congress 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.   The three-hour digital course is aimed at providing freight forwarders with essential information that can aid workers in detecting, responding […]

Airports’ lackluster year continues with August volume declines

Preliminary results for August airport volumes worldwide are out, indicating continued market weakness across the globe. While air cargo holds out hope for conservative increases in volumes moving into the holiday season, the industry is also no longer holding its breath given continued tensions between China and the U.S. and looming Brexit concerns. All regions […]

Do mixed August traffic reports for Asian carriers denote uptick in cargo?

In August’s first look, Asian carriers reported mixed year-over-year declines in cargo traffic. While the impact of volatile global trade relations contributed to most carriers reporting traffic declines for the month, a closer look at the numbers reflects that some airlines actually experienced slight recovery from July declines. Both Mainland China-based Air China and Singapore […]

Delta Cargo traffic continues downhill slide in July

Delta Air Lines reported another decline in traffic for its cargo division during July. The carrier’s cargo traffic declined by 8.5% year-over-year during July, and 8.1% year-to-date. Traffic for July stood at about 180 million cargo ton miles, or 263 million freight tonne kilometers (FTKs). Although still down from July 2018, traffic declines have slowed […]

American Airlines’ cargo revenue falls 15% in 2Q19

American Airlines’ cargo traffic fell 16.2% during the second quarter to 644 million cargo ton miles, or about 940 million freight tonne kilometers, leading to a 15.4% decline in cargo revenue, the company said this week during its earnings call.  “Our cargo yields were slightly higher during the quarter, but year-over-year scheduled reductions and falling demand in Asia and Europe markets meant that cargo revenue fell […]

Hong Kong Airport’s cargo traffic continued to slide in May

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) reported that air cargo traffic continued its downward slide in May 2019, slipping 7.3% year-on-year to 405,000 tonnes. Cargo imports plunged 9% compared to May 2018, as trade tensions ramp up between China and the United States. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) found that global cargo demand fell 4.7% […]

Cargo was Alaska Air’s fastest-growing unit in Q1

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines reported strong growth for its cargo unit during the first quarter of 2019, even as the overall U.S. domestic air cargo market simmered to a more tepid growth rate. Operating revenues for the carrier’s cargo and other segments rose 22%, year-over-year, to US$50 million for the three-month period ending on Mar. 31. […]

Shanghai, Emirates Top 2019 ACE Awards

Correction: When this story first ran in April 2019, finalist carrier Turkish Airlines was misidentified as being in the “Up to 999,999 Tonnes” annual throughput category as a winner of a Certificate of Excellence for its 101-point ACE score. In fact, Turkish Airlines handled more than 1.4 million tonnes of cargo in 2018, so it should have been placed […]

WorldACD: December a ‘double whammy’ as growth shrinks

In its end-of-the-year analysis of the international air cargo market, WorldACD called the month of December – prepare to wince – a “double whammy.” According to the report, air cargo volume growth and yield growth were both negative, year-over-year, during the month. WorldACD said that the last week of 2018 was “particularly worrisome,” noting that […]

WorldACD October report shows modest growth, minimal effect from trade wars

The latest data from WorldACD provides grounds for optimism for those concerned with international demand for air cargo, following September’s discouraging results, when volumes sunk for the first time in years, by 0.9 percent. October’s report, released yesterday, shows a modest 2 percent increase in international volume and a 7 percent increase in air cargo […]
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