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Global air cargo strongest since US west coast dock strife of February 2015


Global air freight traffic rose 6.6 per cent year on year in September, its best month since the windfall occasioned by the US west coast dock strife of February 2015, according to the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).
The rebound may also have been the result the rush replacement of inflammatory Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices and the early impact of the Hanjin collapse, IATA said.
Capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres, increased 4.7 per cent while load factors remained historically low, keeping yields under pressure.
"Demand for air cargo strengthened in September. Although with growth in world trade virtually at a standstill, the cargo sector still faces some major hurdles," said IATA's director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.
Airlines in all regions except Latin America reported increased year-on-year demand in September, but results continued to vary considerably, IATA said.
European airlines enjoyed a 12.6 per cent surge in traffic - almost double the 6.4 per cent increase in capacity - mainly owing to higher export orders in Germany.
Asia-Pacific carriers experienced volume rise 5.5 per cent, driven by increased shipments from China and Japan over the last few months, and seasonally adjusted figures for the regions are now trending upwards.
North American airlines experienced a 4.5 per cent year-on-year rise, and international freight traffic was up 6.2 per cent.
The Middle East experienced demand slowing for a third consecutive month to 1.2 per cent year on year in September - the slowest pace since July 2009.
The upward trend of recent years has now halted partly owing to weaker conditions in the Middle East-Asia and Middle East-North America markets.
Latin American airlines reported a 4.5 per cent decline in demand coupled with a 4.7 per cent reduction in capacity, with traffic within the region contracting by 14 per cent in August, according to the latest data.
African demand jumped 12.7 per cent - the fastest rate in almost two years - while capacity soared by 34 per cent on the back of longhaul expansion, particularly by Ethiopian Airlines and North African carriers.

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