The global air cargo market saw 5.1 percent year-over-year increase in August, slightly down from the 6.1 percent year-on-year growth recorded in July, but still continuing the growth trend that started in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) report. The growth in August volumes was mainly driven by strong performance by Asia-Pacific carriers, who saw a stunning 6.3 percent growth in air cargo volumes in August.
Almost all regions reported an expansion in air freight volumes in August. Middle Eastern, North American and Asian carriers experienced strong growth in the 5 to 8 percent range. In comparison, European and Latin American carriers recorded 1-to-1.5 percent growth as a result of economic weakness in Brazil and EU sanctions on business with Russia, respectively.
North American carriers saw a 5.5 percent year-over-year growth in air freight volumes in August, and are expected to see stronger growth in the coming months, thanks to positive underlying economic growth trends, said IATA.
Middle Eastern carriers saw 7.8 percent year-over-year cargo growth in August, down from the year-to-date average of 9.6 percent. African airlines reported a 9.2 percent year-over-year growth, while Latin American carriers saw a sluggish growth of 1.1 percent.
“The outlook for air cargo is clearly getting better. However, there are some limiting factors on the extent of potential gains. Demand for air cargo is growing more slowly than global economic activity,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO.
“Businesses are reported to have more confidence in the future, but the list of political and economic risks continues to moderate how that confidence translates into actual activity,” added Tyler.
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