Demand vs. capacity in the COVID-19 age

March 2020 tonnage is significantly lower year over year compared to March 2019, according to reports by multiple sources, including IATA and WorldACD. Amid the coronavirus pandemic that has axed 80% of the world’s passenger flights, however, capacity is the more salient feature of the demand equation. A quick glance at the static March snapshot […]

No sign of December traffic rebound for combination carriers

After a month-to-month uptick in air cargo demand between October and November 2019, there was hope that peak season demand would push annual comparisons into positive territory in December 2019. While anecdotal reports suggest some regions and commodity segments saw an increase in December cargo traffic year over year, combination carriers showed little sign of improvement […]

Air cargo volume growth flattens in June

When Netherlands-based WorldACD reported air cargo performance results for May, the outlook for continued cargo growth was in question, summarized as “Is the party really over?” With yesterday’s release of June results from WorldACD, the answer seems to suggest that although the party isn’t truly winding down, it is certainly on hiatus for the summer. […]

Air cargo demand growth slows in May

In its overview of May air cargo performance, WorldACD asked the question that has been rehashed repeatedly as traffic growth has slowed and protectionist rhetoric has increased in 2018: “Is the party really over?” With these most recent results, the slowdown from last year’s consistent double-digit increases is undeniable – while volumes are still increasing […]

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 […]
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