Here’s to 2016!

As another year slips away and a brand new year full of promise, mystery and likely a fair bit of trepidation for the air cargo sector, is before us.


As another year slips away and a brand new year full of promise, mystery and likely a fair bit of trepidation for the air cargo sector, is before us.

A quick look in the rear view mirror reveals a year lacking in anything particularly remarkable. An relatively ‘skyrocketing’ market early in the year held out the promise that 2015 would be maybe not a great year, but certainly a ‘better’ year. But unfortunately the rocket’s red glow waned faster than a crescent moon.

And for the rest of the year stagnation was the word thanks to a grab bag of factors including lethargic economies around the world – especially the Chinese economy that now has such a direct impact on the global economy – political turmoil, refugee crises, terrorism and of course that seemingly unending fl ow of wide-body aircraft – which while very roomy and comfortable for passengers, also ended up being very roomy and comfortable for cargo unfortunately.

As we look back at 2015 for some semblance of a clue that might guide our expectations for this coming new year there is precious little to guide us, other than the fact ceaselessly growing belly capacity will continue to be a bugbear for the industry. Perhaps the only other hint of what the future holds is really not a new concept – change.