Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


IATA reports tepid air cargo growth

Cargo demand was 0.6% above the level of September 2011.
By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
November 06, 2012

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for September showing a continued slowdown in the rate of traffic growth.

Cargo demand was 0.6% above the level of September 2011.

The minor 0.6% year-on-year growth posted for air cargo is less significant than the 0.6% fall in air freight volumes between August and September which is more indicative of the trend, noted IATA analysts. This is the second notable month-on-month fall in air freight growth in as many months. This has eroded the stability in volumes achieved earlier in 2012. Capacity was trimmed 0.6% compared to year-ago levels. This strengthened the freight load factor slightly to 45.6% from 45.1% a year ago.

“A ‘two-speed’ recovery is emerging into a ‘multi-speed’ reality. Carriers in China, Latin America and the Middle East are growing strongly,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. “Europe’s airlines are experiencing profitless growth in a strategy to manage high fixed costs and taxes.”

IATA observed that in Africa, the challenge is to turn growth opportunities into profits. But for North American airlines the focus is on tightly managing capacity in order to optimize profits in a slow to no-growth environment. Asia-Pacific carriers outside of China are a mixed bag. Robust growth in China is being tempered by faltering markets in Japan and India.”

“Putting regional diversity aside, the fact that airlines are making any money at all with weak markets and high fuel prices is a tribute to their strong business performance, as evidenced by maintaining global load factors close to 80% since the start of 2012” said Tyler. “Even with that, airlines are expected to eke out a global net profit margin of only 0.6%. It’s a tough year.”

Brandon Fried, executive director of the Washington D.C.-based Airforwarders Association, said his constituents were seeing “relatively flat-to-modest increases in air cargo traffic in the next two months.

“However, many of our members focusing on niche markets including healthcare, oil and gas and manufacturing are seeing sizable demand for their services,” said Fried.

About the Author

image
Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Now that the deal, which had to clear several regulatory hurdles in multiple countries, is official, FedEx executives were able to speak a little bit more freely, albeit being somewhat guarded in regards to certain integration specifics at the same time.

As the July 1st date for complete compliance looms, shippers are seeking help to cope with the mandatory changes instituted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS).

As of July 1, only containers with a verified gross mass will be cleared to be loaded onto a ship under the International Maritime Organization’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) amendment. Shippers hoping that the implementation of the ruling will be delayed or deferred are whistling in the dark, say industry analysts.

Amid the many worrisome economic indicators kicking around of late, something along the lines of good news came about this week in the form of United States new home sales data, issued by the United States Department of Commerce this week.

In March, the SCI came in at 0.4, which FTR described as “a near neutral reading” on the heels of four months of more favorable market trends for shippers.

Article Topics

News · Air Cargo · Air Freight · Trade · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2016 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA