Air Cargo

Demand for air freight through much of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 was boosted by stronger economies and trade, with e-commerce growth and a broader inventory restocking cycle keeping space tight and freight rates sky high. Air cargo is now heading into the slower summer months but capacity is expected to tighten into the fourth quarter. Double-digit growth in late 2017 means the year-over-year comparisons may not be as severe, but shippers have been advised to book their space early.

News & Analysis

Air cargo being loaded at London's Heathrow Airport.
02 Oct 2018
The two main regional markets for air freight — Asia Pacific for international shipments and North America for domestic shipments — may be headed toward slower growth, due to the ongoing trade war between their two largest economies, Airports Council International said.
Air cargo being loaded in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
28 Sep 2018
The International Air Transport Association said this slowing growth was coming against a backdrop of rising trade protectionism measures, and wider momentum in global trade was weakening.
Air cargo at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
27 Sep 2018
At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger and 42nd busiest cargo airport, congestion and delays in picking up/dropping off loads are adding wait time surcharges, and in some cases storage expenses, on to already high transport bills.
Nippon Cargo Airlines.
26 Sep 2018
Further, trans-Pacific shippers will welcome the additional capacity, especially this peak season, for several reasons.
Air cargo at Los Angeles International Airport, California.
30 Aug 2018
Air cargo freight rates between China and the United States have been rising since July, according to US-based logistics provider C.H. Robinson, and shipper concern about lack of space on the trans-Pacific trade is a factor in that rise.
Nippon Express.
15 Aug 2018
The JOC Top 50 Global Logistics Providers, published on JOC.com on April 13 and in the April 16 Journal of Commerce magazine, misstated the annual revenues for Nippon Express.
Air cargo loading.
08 Aug 2018
“Trade wars never produce winners. Governments must remember that prosperity comes from boosting their trade, not barricading economies,” the International Air Transport Association said.
Schiphol Airport
03 Aug 2018
Schiphol’s management said it expected lower overall freighter air traffic movements in the first half, due to capacity constraints, but its longer-term analysis remains encouraging.
Air cargo being loaded in Poland.
31 Jul 2018
However, shippers should still expect some robust peak season pricing from the airlines that are seeking to extend their profitability, which grew at a strong rate in the first quarter.
Air cargo planes in Germany.
25 Jul 2018
A slight dip in demand for air cargo in the first quarter has quickly reversed, with volume steadily increasing on the east-west trades.
20 Jul 2018
E-commerce and high-speed rail are enabling China-Europe rail services to give the air cargo industry a run for its money.

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