Global airfreight market saw its strongest growth in two years last November, according to IATA figures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the strongest year-on-year growth in roughly two years. This is partly due to weakness in November 2022, but also reflects a fourth consecutive month of strengthening demand for air cargo.

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Air cargo demand was up 8.3 per cent in November 2023

Global demand for air cargo, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), increased by 8.3 per cent compared to November 2022. For international operations, demand growth was 8.1 per cent.

Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.7 per cent compared to November 2022 (+11.6 per cent for international operations). Most of the capacity growth continues to be attributable to the increase in belly capacity as international passenger markets continue their post-Covid recovery.

Compared to November 2019 (pre-Covid-19), demand is down 2.5 per cent while capacity is up 4.1 per cent.

Commenting on the latest figures, IATA director general Willie Walsh said: “November air cargo demand was up 8.3 per cent on 2022 – the strongest year-on-year growth in almost two years. That is a doubling of October’s 3.8 per cent increase and a fourth month of positive market development. It is shaping up to be an encouraging year-end for air cargo despite the significant economic concerns that were present throughout 2023 and continue on the horizon.”