The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said the persistent weakness in global air cargo markets was reflected in a 5.3 percent decline in traffic for May, down to 4,859 freight tonne kilometers (FTK) from 5,129 FTK for the same month last year.
The average international air cargo load factor for Asia-Pacific carriers fell by 1.6 percentage points to 66.6 percent for the month, based on a 3 percent contraction in offered freight capacity.
In the first five months of 2012, air cargo traffic carried by Asian airlines declined by 5 percent to 23,926 FTK against 25,174 FTK for the same period a year ago.
Air cargo markets remained weak amid real concerns about the euro zone crisis and further evidence of slowing growth that is spreading to the major developing economies, said Andrew Herdman, AAPA director general. He also noted that global air cargo volumes are “stuck at levels first seen five years ago, before the global recession.”
Herdman further warned of “a challenging second half of 2012” for Asian carriers, which face “widespread competitive pressures, the continued weakness in air cargo markets, and unresolved concerns over the outlook for the global economy.”