Released 28th June 2018

Key points from our quarterly report on
the air freight industry and markets:

Year-on-year growth in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) slowed to 4.0% in the three months ended April, with freight volumes now having broadly tracked sideways in seasonally adjusted (SA) terms over the past six months.
The best of the upturn in air freight demand is now well behind us, and it is important to note that wider momentum in world trade also looks to be slowing in the face of a pick-up in protectionist measures. Strong consumer confidence and bottlenecks in global supply chains should continue to lend support to air freight demand in the near term. But business surveys currently point to annual FTK growth slowing further in Q3 2018.
The upward trend in cargo yields has moderated since the start of the year. However, the ongoing increase in daily freighter aircraft utilization should help to reduce average costs and to partly offset the impact of rising fuel prices.

To read the report in web version click here