JAPAN: Int’l air cargo grows in Japan, domestic contracts

Despite the turmoil that Japan Airlines has found itself in, international cargo volumes grew for Japan’s two largest airlines in November, but domestic cargo declined. Japan Airlines saw its first yearon- year increase in international cargo in 16 months. JAL said its international cargo volume grew 9.1 per cent to 56,552 tons in November. During […]


Despite the turmoil that Japan Airlines has found itself in, international cargo volumes grew for Japan’s two largest airlines in November, but domestic cargo declined. Japan Airlines saw its first yearon- year increase in international cargo in 16 months.

JAL said its international cargo volume grew 9.1 per cent to 56,552 tons in November. During the first eight months of fiscal 2009, which started in April 2009, JAL transported a total of 401,701 tons of cargo on international routes, down 16.2 per cent from the same period of the previous fiscal year.

But JAL saw the volume of its domestic cargo decline for eight months in a row in November on a year-on-year basis, falling 7.3 per cent to 39,369 tons. The year-on-year pace of decline slightly quickened from 6.9 per cent in October. During the April-November period, JAL transported a total of 313,740 tons of cargo on domestic routes, down 8.2 per cent from a year earlier.

Japan’s second-largest air carrier All Nippon Airways said its international cargo volume grew for the third consecutive month in November on a year-on-year basis, surging 36.7 per cent to 37,579 tons.

ANA’s international cargo volume had increased 3.7 percent in September, the first year-on-year growth in 11 months, and then 7.5 per cent in October. During the first eight months of fiscal 2009, ANA transported a total of 242,218 tons of cargo on international routes, up 0.5 per cent from the same period of the previous fiscal year.