Air Freight Up 6.8% in February but Protectionist Risks Remain

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released demand growth results for global air freight markets for February 2018 showing a 6.8% increase in demand measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) compared to the same period last year. Adjusting for the potential Lunar New Year distortions by combining growth in January 2018 and February 2018, demand increased by 7.7%. This was the strongest start to a year since 2015.

Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.6% year-on-year in February 2018. Demand growth outstripped capacity growth for the 19th month in a row which is positive for airline yields and the industry’s financial performance.

Collected and summarized from the source below by Quynh Hoa http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2018-04-04-01.aspx