Asia Pacific Airlines posts another solid month of air cargo growth in July
August 29, 2017: The Asia Pacific airlines have seen moderate expansion in international air passenger markets, whilst international air cargo demand forged ahead, registering another month of solid growth, according to the figures released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Air cargo demand, in freight tonne kilometre (FTK) terms, recorded a double-digit increase of 10.9 percent in July, supported by new business orders from developed economies, particularly Europe.
Supported by leisure travel demand during the holiday season, the region’s airlines carried a combined total of 27.7 million international passengers in July, representing a 3.4 percent increase compared to the same month last year. Continued strength in long haul travel markets underpinned a 6.2 percent increase in demand as measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK).
Andrew Herdman, director general, AAPA, said, “The first seven months of the year saw Asian airlines carry a combined total of 182 million international passengers, 5.3 percent more than the same period last year. Whilst competition remained intense, international passenger demand continued to be spurred by the availability of affordable airfares and increased network connections.”
Herdman continued, “Meanwhile, air cargo markets experienced a firm 10.4 percent increase in volumes during the January – July period, on the back of positive global business conditions. Further expansion in manufacturing output and new business orders helped boost air shipment volumes of both intermediate and finished goods.”
Looking ahead, Herdman continued, “The overall demand outlook remains positive, with the steady expansion in the global economy supporting both air passenger and air cargo markets. However, given the highly competitive market conditions, Asia Pacific airlines are focusing on carefully managing costs whilst at the same time looking for new revenue opportunities to support future growth and maintain profitability.”