International air cargo throughput last month reached 4,871 freight tonne kilometers (FTK), a 0.5 percent increase over the levels in May last year.
Combined with a 2.2 percent increase in offered freight capacity, the average international air cargo load factor was 1.1 percentage points lower, at 65.2 percent.
From January to May, cargo volume totaled 23,340 FTK, down from 23,915 FTK year-over-year, AAPA, the trade association for international airlines that are based in the Asia-Pacific region, said.
Industry activity has been depressed for the past couple of years, noted Andrew Herdman, AAPA director general. “For the first five months of 2013, Asian airlines experienced a further 2.4 percent decline in airfreight traffic volumes, reflecting weak trading conditions in key export markets.”