Air freight demand has increased, says IATA

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Global air freight demand has grown by 1.2 per cent year-on-year in June, compared to the 0.9 per cent year-on-year demand growth recorded in May, reveals the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) in its recently released June figures.

The association said that a quarter of global freight volumes’ 0.8 per cent increase from May to June was thanks to European airlines, which also saw a 0.9 per cent improvement in demand from May to June.

But it reported that Asia-Pacific carriers and North American airlines have recorded year-on-year declines of 1.8 per cent and 1.2 per cent respectively.

“It’s too early to tell if June was a positive turning point after 18 months of stagnation, said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and chief executive officer.

“Air freight volumes are at their highest since mid-2011, but that good news needs to be tempered with a dose of reality.

“The global economic environment remains weak, and the basis for the acceleration of air cargo growth in June appears to be fragile.”

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