JAPAN: Int’l cargo improving for Japanese carriers

Japan’s two largest carriers – Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) – are seeing a return to cargo growth since November/December last year, but domestic volumes have yet tomove into positive growth. During the first nine months of fiscal 2009, which started in April, JAL transported a total of 454,585 tonnes of cargo […]


Japan’s two largest carriers – Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) – are seeing a return to cargo growth since November/December last year, but domestic volumes have yet tomove into positive growth.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2009, which started in April, JAL transported a total of 454,585 tonnes of cargo on international routes, down 12.6 per cent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. December saw volumes rise 29.9 per cent year-on-year to 52,884 tonnes.

JAL saw the volume of its domestic cargo decline over the same nine-month period, falling 7.8 per cent to 365,120. JAL filed for bankruptcy protection on 19 January, marking one of the largest corporate failures in Japanese history. JAL is in the process of rehabilitating itself under a state-backed plan.

ANA’s international cargo volume grew for the fourth consecutive month in December on a year-onyear basis, rising a solid 73 per cent to 38,281 tonnes, albeit from a very low December 2008 base. The carrier’s international cargo volume began recovering in September with a 3.7 per cent year-on-year growth and continued ever since.

During the first nine months of fiscal 2009, ANA carried a total of 280,500 tonnes of cargo on international routes, up 6.6 per cent from the same period of the previous fiscal year.