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- June 10. Air travel continues on recovery trend, Africa passenger traffic surges 116.2% YOY
- June 10. Strong international air traffic propels air travel recovery
- Published June 9. April Air Passenger Market Analysis
- June 8. IATA optimistic on air cargo despite current challenges
- Published June 8. April Air Freight Market Analysis
- May 6, 2022. Low vaccination rates take toll on African airlines
- Published May 4. March Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published May 3. March Air Freight Market Analysis
- May 4,. Pent-up demand for air travel ‘finally being realised’ but IATA warns on airport delays
- May 4. IATA reports drop in global air cargo demand
- May 4. IATA: War in Ukraine, Omicron weigh on air cargo
- April 6. African airlines’ passenger capacity increased by 34.7% in February
- April 6. African airlines outperform global peers in air cargo growth
- Published April 6. February Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published April 6. February Air Freight Market Analysis
- March 11. IATA: Omicron restrictions dinged January air recovery
- Published March 10. January Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published March 9. January Air Freight Market Analysis
- March 1. IATA projects full air passenger recovery in 2024
- Published January 25. December 2021 Air Passenger Market Analysis
- Published January 25. December 2021 Air Freight Market Analysis
- February 1. New research shows EU travel restrictions had little impact on Omicron spread
- January 26. International airline body calls for countries to more rapidly lift travel restrictions
- January 25. Accelerate easing of travel restrictions
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- Growth in industry-wide cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs) rebounded in December, to 8.9% above December 2019, up from 3.9% from November. In 2021 overall, air cargo volumes rose by 18.7% year-on-year, the second-best yearly performance since our series started in 1990 (behind 2010). Volumes were 3.5% above the pre-crisis 2018 peak.
- Throughout the year, air cargo has been driven by a balance between robust demand for goods – including PPE at the end of the year – and supply chain issues partly linked to a lack of capacity. CTKs growth markedly overperformed growth in global goods trade (by 8.9 percentage points), partly due to the inventory restocking cycle.
- In 2021, available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs) fell by 10.9% compared to 2019. Capacity did nevertheless come back slowly during the year due to improvements in international passenger traffic. In December 2021, ACTKs were only 4.7% below the same month in 2019. The tight market led to exceptionally high load factor and air cargo rates.
Air cargo growth rate in Africa remains positive
Carriers in Africa experienced a 7.6% increase in their international CTKs in December 2021 versus the same month in 2019, up from 1.0% in November. Growth in the region has been dynamic for most of the year, up 11.3% versus 2019, driven by the Africa-Asia route. Africa’s market share caught up with Latin America in 2021 for the first time in the annual series (2.2% of international CTKs).
Air cargo ends a dynamic year on a strong note…
December 2021 saw a modest easing of the disruption
that gripped air cargo during part of the year and
caused a slowdown in growth in November. Together
with robust demand, that helped industry-wide cargo
tonne-kilometres (CTKs) rise 8.9% above 2019 levels
in December. This is up from 3.9% in November and
the best performance since April 2021 (11.4%). When
compared to 2020, growth was roughly similar in
December (8.4%) and November (9.0%).
Seasonally adjusted (SA) CTKs increased by 1.9% month-on-month in December, also the best outcome since April. 2021 as a whole was a strong year for air cargo, with volumes growing by 18.7% year-on-year, the best annual performance since our series started in 1990. CTKs were 3.5% above the previous peak year of 2018. That came after a 9.9% year-on-year fall in CTKs in 2020, the largest decline in the time series. Note that in 2010, CTKs rebounded by 20.6% after a 9.7% decline the year prior...Download the full report.