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IATA reports rising demand for global air freight

Demand for global air freight, measured in freight tonne kilometres, rose 8.8% in November, compared with a year earlier, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday, reported by Reuters.

The rise in November puts the air cargo industry on track for the strongest operational and financial performance since the the post-global financial crisis rebound in 2010, IATA said. The growth in freight demand, coinciding with the traditional period of strong demand seen in the fourth quarter, comes despite indicators pointing to air cargo having passed a cyclical peak.

Available capacity rose 4% in the month, marking the 16th consecutive month of demand growth exceeding capacity growth, which is positive for industry load factors, yields, and financial performance, IATA said. Load factors increased by 2.2 percentage points to 49.1%.

“There are several indicators that 2018 will be a good year as well. In particular, buoyant consumer confidence, the growth of international e-commerce and the broad-based global economic upturn are cause for optimism as we head into the New Year,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General.

The recently agreed US tax reform bill may also help to support freight volumes in the period ahead, IATA added.

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