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Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced August 2014 data for global air freight markets showing continued robust growth in air cargo volumes. Measured by freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), volumes rose 5.1% in August, compared to August 2013. Capacity grew at a slower pace of 3.4% from the previous year. This is the second strong month for cargo volumes in a row, following the 6.1% year-on-year rise recorded in July.

Carriers in all regions reported an expansion in volumes. Closely following improvements in world trade and business activity, airlines in the Middle East, North America and Asia reported the strongest growth in the 5-8% range. By comparison demand in Europe and Latin America lagged in the 1-1.5% range as a result of Brazilian economic weakness and EU sanctions on business with Russia, respectively.

“The outlook for air cargo is clearly getting better. However, there are some limiting factors on the extent of potential gains. Demand for air cargo is growing more slowly than global economic activity. Businesses are reported to have more confidence in the future, but the list of political and economic risks continues to moderate how that confidence translates into actual activity,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

August 2014 vs. August 2013 FTK Growth AFTK Growth FLF
International 4.8% 3.8% 46.4%
Domestic 6.6% 1.9% 31.4%
Total Market 5.1% 3.4% 43.4%

 

YTD 2014 vs. YTD 2013 FTK Growth AFTK Growth FLF
International 4.7% 3.9% 48.6%
Domestic 3.5% 2.0% 30.4%
Total Market 4.5% 3.5% 45.0%

Regional analysis in depth

  • Asia Pacific carriers grew 6.3%, continuing the acceleration of recent months. Emerging Asia trade volumes have expanded volumes solidly in June and July. A notable rise in Chinese export orders bodes well for future demand growth. Capacity expanded 4.4%
  • European airlines grew 1.4%. Economic activity within the Eurozone continues to deteriorate, although the latest data does show a moderate pick-up in imports and exports. EU sanctions as a result of the Russia-Ukraine crisis also continues to affect demand. Capacity expanded 4.8%
  • North American carriers increased air freight volumes by a solid 5.5% compared to a year ago. A rebound in business activity following the weakness in the first quarter and positive underlying economic growth trends should support stronger growth in the coming months. Capacity fell 0.4%
  • Middle Eastern carriers reported cargo growth of 7.8%, a little below the year-to-date average of 9.6%. The Middle East continues to expand strongly on its growing links to developing markets, as well as diversifying into important commodities such as perishables. Capacity was up 6.0%
  • Latin American airlines saw air cargo grow by a sluggish 1.1% compared to August 2013. The weakness in Latin American freight volumes reflects declines in regional trade activity and the anemic performance of the Brazilian economy. Capacity expanded 7.6%
  • African airlines reported the strongest growth of air cargo demand with a 9.2% year-on-year expansion. Although this is the second consecutive month of strong growth, the volatility of African data, coupled with the slowdown in key African economies such as South Africa, means it is too soon to understand the extent to which this represents a real and sustainable acceleration. Capacity grew 4.2%.

View August Air Freight Results (pdf)

Article Source: IATA

Ethiopian Airlines will launch flights between the Seychelles and Paris-Charles de Gaulle on September 27.
Initially, three flights a week will operate to Seychelles from CDG via Addis Ababa. The return Mahé-CDG flight operates twice a week, also via Addis Ababa.
Departures from CDG take place on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and the return flight operates on Mondays and Fridays.
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We work with our airline partners on loyalty club business – Best West’s Karl de Lacy.

SIKI MGABADELI: Karl de Lacy is the International Development Manager for (hotel line) Best West International, and joins us now on the line. Karl, thanks so much for your time this evening.

KARL DE LACY: Thank you for having me on the show.

SIKI MGABADELI: What sort of interest are you seeing from potential tourists to the continent?

KARL DE LACY: Well, I suppose as a new destination the continent is giving people the opportunity to see new things that they don’t have the opportunity to see in Europe or the United States or South America. And you have so many beautiful game reserves and locations like that that hotels are needed in those destinations where people are looking to travel, and giving the opportunity for hoteliers to have the brand recognition that is needed to help with the exposure for the hotels.

SIKI MGABADELI: And for a long time the concerns of course were things around costs to get to the continent, the availability of flights, the ability to move between countries, for example. What do you think the main concern is today? Do we still face all of those concerns?

KARL DE LACY: I suppose it’s getting better. The airlift into Africa is always going to be a big bone of conversation for us to talk about at these type of events. That’s getting better and better year by year.

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Article Source: www.moneyweb.co.za

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for July showing demand growth of 5.3% (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) over the previous July. Capacity expanded exactly in tandem with demand (5.3%), resulting in a global load factor of 82.3%, unchanged from last year.

“July was another strong month of growth for air travel. People are connecting by air in ever greater numbers. That’s true across all regions. Despite the various economic challenges, the outlook for passenger travel remains broadly positive. The overall sluggishness at the beginning of the year appears to be behind us with growth in China and other emerging economies offsetting recent deterioration in the Eurozone,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Click here to download IATA’S Passenger Analysis for July 2014

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