Airline cargo capacity rises faster than demand

Airfreight demand rose 1.7 percent year-on-year, a drop of 5.0 percent over February, to produce the slowest growth in 22 months.

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“It’s normal that growth slows at the end of a restocking cycle. That clearly has happened. Looking ahead we remain optimistic that air cargo demand will grow by 4-5 percent this year,” added IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

“But there are obviously some headwinds,” he added. “Oil prices have risen strongly, and economic growth is patchy. The biggest damage could be political. The implementation of protectionist measures would be an own-goal for all involved—especially the US and China.”