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IATA August freight count slips 1.3pc


International air freight volume was 1.3 per cent lower in August for the second consecutive month against a slight increase in capacity of 0.7 per cent, said the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Asia-Pacific recorded its sixth consecutive month of decline with capacity off 3.7 per cent year on year and its freight tonne kilometres (FTK) down 6.3 per cent.
Africa cargo volume was up by 11.1 per cent and capacity grew 7.9 per cent while the Middle East continued to show robust figures in August with its international air cargo freight tonne kilometres up 11.4 per cent on a 10.5 per cent increase in capacity.
North America volume was up by 1.8 per cent while its capacity dropped 2.1 per cent continuing a three-month decline since June.
European declines continued as did Latin America with volumes down 1.1 per cent and 3.6 per cent respectively. Europe saw a slight capacity increase of 1.4 per cent while Latin America surged to 13.1 per cent.
According to IATA, Europe is the only region forecast to show loss for 2012, finding itself in the red by as much as US$1.2 billion.
Now more than ever is the need for the delivery of a Single European Sky (SES), that would cut the cost of European air navigation in half by 2020, bringing today's average cost per flight of EUR715 (US$926) to EUR400, said the IATA director-general and CEO Tony Tyler.
"The SES is not a panacea for the problems of Europe's beleaguered airlines. But solving this EUR5 billion waste would go a long way to improving the sector's prospects and boost the competitiveness of doing business in Europe," said Mr Tyler.
The push by the European Commission's vice-president Siim Kallas to get the SES on track is critical to Europe's economy, which relies on aviation for tourism as it provides nearly EUR500 billion of its GDP and saves 16 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
Mr Tyler expressed disappointment over the poor performance of the biggest aviation states of France, Germany and the UK towards cost-efficiency in the first review and proposes tougher targets from now on. "And to make them stick, there must be clear and painful penalties if states do not meet them," he said.
In the area of establishing Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) it is vital that these deliver measurable efficiencies alongside a cost-benefit for the technology to support the SES, which will require large investments running into billions of euros, according to the Shipping Gazette.

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