Cargo continues to shift to the Middle East

IATA has not yet issued its analysis of air freight demand for the full-year 2013, but when it does, the overall result will almost certainly be that the world’s airlines will have reported cargo traffic up about 2% over 2012. Not great, but a definite improvement over the declines of the last two years. And […]

Cargo traffic continues to grow in December

When we posted our first glimpse of December’s cargo results from a few early-reporting carriers and airports our prediction was that results from all – or at least most of – the major players would follow the trends they had established throughout the year, and that the overall trend of solid but not spectacular growth […]

The capacity reduction continues…

The recent decision by IAG Cargo to terminate its ACMI leases of three 747-8 Freighters from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (via Atlas’ UK subsidiary Global Supply Systems) has led to much speculation about whether Atlas will retire some of its 747-400 freighters if it cannot find new ACMI customers for the -8Fs. But in fact, […]

Strong air freight demand in November

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published data showing that total air cargo traffic was up 6.1%  y-o-y in November, with international traffic up 6.7%, and domestic traffic up 2.6%. This is the eighth consecutive month of year-over-year increases, although five of those eight gains were 1.4% or less, and cargo traffic for the first […]

First glimpse of December and full-year cargo demand

It will be some time until all the major cargo carriers and handlers have reported their December and full-year statistics, but judging by what we’ve seen from the few that have reported, we feel fairly confident in predicting that the year-over-year growth that began mid-year will continue, and even strengthen, in December; and that growth […]

A very good month

November data from many of the world’s big cargo carriers and airports are now available, and the news is almost uniformly good. It will be a couple of weeks before IATA publishes its wider analysis of the month’s results, but based on reports from the key players, as well as anecdotal evidence, it seems likely […]
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