Worldwide cargo traffic up 4.5% in January

The International Air Transport Association today released its first air freight market analysis for 2014, showing a solid 4.5% increase in total traffic worldwide compared to January 2013. This increase was driven almost entirely by growth in international traffic (up 5.2%), while domestic traffic was effectively flat with last year (up just 0.3%). The overall […]

January results are in – do they tell us anything?

Many of the world’s big cargo airlines and airports have now reported their January results, as shown in the chart at right. But as is always the case in January, one must be cautious in drawing any conclusions based on the year-over-year comparisons. A significant percentage of the world’s air freight business is driven by […]

Has there been a worse winter for freight?

During a conversation last night with a friend who works for one of the major forwarders, the talk turned to the weather – which is just fine here in Seattle, but not so fine in much of the rest of North America. In fact, she said, this was the worst year for weather impact on […]

After a slight gain in 2013, what lies ahead in 2014?

The International Air Transport Association yesterday released its full-year 2013 air freight market analysis, and, as we have been predicting for some time, the data shows a small increase in air freight traffic over 2012. Most of the growth took place in the second half of the year, and this, combined with the continued slow […]

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, […]
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