Thursday, September 16, 2010

Air Cargo Demand Set to Slow

(International Freighting Weekly – Katerina Kerr)

Rapid rebound from recession can’t be maintained, claims IATA

International air cargo traffic growth will slow over the second half of 2010 and into 2011, following the sector’s rapid rebound from recession, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

“Uncertainties are rising about the economic outlook with talk of a ‘double-dip’, but current conditions in cargo markets remain positive,” says IATA in its third-quarter Cargo E-Chartbook report. “Air freight has entered a slower phase of expansion, but the pace of growth in both volumes and yields remains above trend. Revenues have been growing strongly and, in many regions, cargo profitability is back to pre-recession levels.

“The environment will get more difficult. Even without a ‘double-dip’, demand will slow and new capacity will put pressure on load factors and yields.” Read more here.