Air cargo volumes in the Middle East recorded the strongest growth in September than in other region, according to new data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Cargo volumes carried by the region’s carriers grew by 17 per cent YoY, while capacity expanded 14.5 per cent.
The region was well ahead of its geographic rivals with Africa showing the next best growth in September of 11.5 percent.
Globally, IATA said air freight demand in September, measured by FTKs, rose 5.2 per cent compared to September 2013, which is 0.8 per cent ahead of the 4.4 per cent average growth in demand reported for the year-to-date. Capacity grew by 3.8 per cent.
“Airlines in the [Middle East] region are capturing opportunities for growth by introducing services to regions of strong and developing trade activity, including Africa and Central America,” IATA said in a statement.