Air freight demand soars

Two weeks ago, when we looked at the first reports of May cargo data from some of the big carriers, airports, and handlers, the almost universal upward trend of growth compared to April led us to predict that when WorldACD and IATA published their complete worldwide summaries at the end of the month we would […]
  • David Harris
  • July 3, 2017

April: the beat goes on for cargo traffic

If we had posted the chart at right one year ago – that is, representing air freight demand growth for April 2016 – the results would have seemed so good as to be almost unbelievable. This year, growth that will likely average close double digits in April is, well, almost disappointing after the 15% gains […]
  • David Harris
  • May 15, 2017

Air freight tonnage up 15% in March

Through the past two weeks, as we analyzed the March results coming in from the world’s big cargo carriers and airports, we predicted that when IATA and WorldACD published their comprehensive data for the month, they would show a double-digit increase in demand for air freight. When we saw the last results to come in, […]
  • David Harris
  • May 1, 2017

Volume up, yield down in April

Along with its usual monthly summary of air freight volume and yield, Netherlands-based WorldACD today published some interesting data on the forwarding and GSA industries. We’ll start with volume and yield. As shown in the chart at right, WorldACD said air freight volume was up 3.3% y-o-y in April. As we pointed out in our […]
  • David Harris
  • June 1, 2015

A milestone month for the air freight industry

According to data released by WorldACD, cargo volume worldwide was up 4.8% y-o-y, maintaining the trend of solid growth seen so far this year (top chart, below). But that was expected, and, while gratifying, is not particularly exciting. The real news in the WorldACD report is that June was the first month in two-and-one-half years […]
  • David Harris
  • August 1, 2014