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 air freight growth: has acceleration peaked?

Two weeks ago, when we looked at the first April data coming in from some of the world’s big cargo carriers and airports, we predicted that when WorldACD and IATA published their detailed analyses at the end of the month, they would show worldwide air freight demand growth of close to 10%. Month-end is now […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 1, 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

January gains come with an asterisk

Two weeks ago, we looked at the January data available from some of the world’s major cargo carriers and airports. At that time we predicted that once all results were in, it was likely that worldwide air cargo demand for the month would show a modest year-over-year increase. But we also cautioned (as we always […]
  • David Harris
  • March 6, 2017

2016 Air freight market outperformed expectations

The International Air Transport Association released its air freight market analysis for December 2016, showing a 9.8% year-over-year increase in worldwide cargo traffic (in freight tonne kilometers flown). International cargo traffic, which accounts for 87% of total traffic, was up 11%. The IATA December result was the highest gain recorded in 2016 (greater than the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • February 2, 2017

Air freight volumes and yields up strongly in November

In mid-December, when the world’s major cargo carriers and airports began reporting their November results, the strong gains led us to predict that when IATA and WorldACD published their worldwide data for the month, we would see air freight demand growth of between 7% and 8%. Yesterday, WorldACD reported that worldwide cargo volume, measured by […]
  • David Harris
  • January 5, 2017

Just how good is this year’s peak season? [VIDEO]

After a series of years with disappointing peak-season demand, data from the first ten months of 2016 is providing convincing evidence that this year is different. Cargo Facts has been expecting a strong finish to the year since October, when we received word that peak season charters were already starting to sell-out. Then last month, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • December 9, 2016

Strong demand growth in October, and an even stronger peak

Two weeks ago, when we published our analysis of the October data from some of the early-reporting major players, we predicted that when IATA and WorldACD published their worldwide summaries, growth in air freight demand would be 6% or higher. Today’s report from WorldACD of 6.2% year-over-year growth confirms our prediction. Netherlands-based WorldACD measures air freight demand […]
  • David Harris
  • December 2, 2016
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