An upbeat industry gathers in Munich

Having recently returned from Europe – well twice that is – once for Air Cargo Europe (ACE) in Munich and the second time from Paris after attending a media event for Air France KLM Martinair’s new express facility at Paris CDG – I can honestly say the air cargo sector is still alive and well.


An upbeat industry gathers in Munich


Having recently returned from Europe – well twice that is – once for Air Cargo Europe (ACE) in Munich and the second time from Paris after attending a media event for Air France KLM Martinair’s new express facility at Paris CDG – I can honestly say the air cargo sector is still alive and well.

Indeed at the Munich ACE show there was a very palpable sense that the air cargo patient is not only, unlikely to succumb to a dreaded terminal illness, but the patient is indeed recovering and alive and well. Clearly its not all celebration, as economic uncertainty in Europe and a ‘still being reigned in’ economy in China have created some flatness in the cargo markets (for more on that see the ‘By the numbers’ page which analyses the current industry data). And of course the issue of massive wide-body injection into the global market is still in full swing.

But having said that, the crowd in Munich was a fairly upbeat one – and while there was a substantial amount of alcohol available at nearly every second stand, that was not I believe, the main reason for the upward mood swing unless you’re talking about 5PM onwards! There is clearly adaptation to the new environment going on, some trade lanes are doing well, new markets are being tapped and the industry is getting on with business. Some stories remain the same – e-AWB and e-freight continue to move but not fast enough, freighters continue to bask in the desert sun – and new stories – cargo drones and new joint ventures and partnerships – continue to fascinate.