International air cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTK), registered a 7.6 percent decline last month compared to the same month last year, reflecting continued weakness in demand. Even with a 4.8 percent reduction in offered freight capacity, the average international air cargo load factor fell by 2 percentage points to 66.3 percent for the month, said AAPA.
“International air freight markets remain depressed, with Asian airlines recording an overall 4.8 percent decline in cargo traffic for the first four months of the year, exerting further downward pressure on rates, despite reductions in offered freight capacity,” said Andrew Herdman, AAPA director general.
He added: “We’re still seeing welcome growth in passenger demand, but airline profit margins have suffered as a result of the weak cargo market, and the impact of stubbornly high oil prices. Although key Asian economies are still performing relatively well, the operating environment remains challenging, clouded by uncertainties over prospects for the global economy.”