IATA members carried 48m tonnes in 2013

Globally, the 240 International Air Transport Association (IATA) member airlines – representing 84 per cent of global air traffic - carried nearly 48 million tonnes of cargo in 2013 of the cargo with freight tonne kilometres up only 1.8 per cent compared to 2012, but never-the-less an important reversal of the 1.1 per cent contraction that 2012 saw over 2011.


IATA members carried 48m tonnes in 2013


Globally, the 240 International Air Transport Association (IATA) member airlines – representing 84 per cent of global air traffic – carried nearly 48 million tonnes of cargo in 2013 of the cargo with freight tonne kilometres up only 1.8 per cent compared to 2012, but never-the-less an important reversal of the 1.1 per cent contraction that 2012 saw over 2011.

The top five airlines ranked by total scheduled freight tonnes carried were: Federal Express (7.1 million), UPS Airlines (4.1 million), Emirates (2.1 million), Korean Air (1.4 million) and Cathay Pacific Airways (1.3 million).

The figures are part of IATA’s 58th edition of the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS), a leading yearbook of the airline industry’s annual performance, that also highlighted the cost of shipping goods by air in real terms fell 7.1 per cent in 2013, year-on-year.