Demand growth falls in March

March data from some of the world’s big cargo carriers, airports, and handlers paint a mixed picture. On the whole, it seems safe to say that the rate of growth in air freight demand is dropping back to earth from the double-digit percentages we saw over the last sixteen months, but this comes with two […]
  • David Harris
  • April 16, 2018

Top 20 cargo airports in 2017

According to preliminary data from the Airports Council International, total cargo handled (loaded and unloaded freight and mail) by airports worldwide in 2017 was up 7.9% over 2016 to about 118 million tonnes. International freight handled was up 9.9% to about 73 million tonnes, accounting for 62% of the total volume. Looking at the total […]
  • David Harris
  • April 9, 2018

The wild card in the air freight game

Two weeks ago, when we analyzed the February results from some of the world’s big cargo carriers, we concluded that, once full worldwide data were available, we would see a fall-off in demand growth from January to February, and that the combined two-month growth would be below the double-digit percentages we saw last year, but […]
  • David Harris
  • April 4, 2018

Forecasting Air Freight Demand

In 2017, IATA reported global air cargo demand up 9% – the highest growth since 2010, and the third highest since 2000. That growth was about twice the rate of last year’s global trade growth, and nearly three times the rate of growth of global GDP, leaving many wondering where growth is headed moving forward. […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • March 30, 2018

Demand grows in Hong Kong and Singapore

When we published our first look at February cargo demand last week there were still a few of the major players to be heard from – Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines, and Hong Kong International Airport in Asia; and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Europe. All four of those laggards have now published their February data, […]
  • David Harris
  • March 20, 2018

Up-close with Southwest Airlines’ Dallas cargo operations

DALLAS — After this week’s World Cargo Symposium in Dallas, the Cargo Facts team headed to Dallas Love Field (DAL) for our flight back to Seattle. However, our first stop — much to our driver’s confusion — took us not to departures, but to the Southwest Airlines Cargo office. There, cargo customer service manager Tracy Asher demonstrated the […]
  • CarynLivingston
  • March 16, 2018

A strong cargo performance wasn’t enough to keep Cathay in the black in 2017

Cathay Pacific Airways’ cargo business soared in 2017, but the carrier nonetheless reported a net loss of US$161 million, as  “fundamental structural changes within the airline industry continued to create a challenging operating environment for our airline businesses.” Which is executive-speak for something like “competition in the passenger business was really tough, and our yields […]
  • David Harris
  • March 15, 2018

February results show that 2018 is off to a strong start

As we  pointed out last month, air freight demand growth statistics for January must be treated with considerable skepticism. The variable timing of the Chinese New Year holiday can push traffic that would normally move in January to February, or vice versa. Therefore, it makes sense to wait for the February data before reaching any […]
  • David Harris
  • March 14, 2018
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