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Airplanes and results. IATA: freight demand flat in November

Three of the six regions reported year-on-year growth in this month

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.

Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3% year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand.

While international e-commerce continues to grow, overall demand faced significant headwinds: signs of weakness in global economic activity; a contraction in export order books in all major exporting nations, with the exception of the US;  shorter supplier delivery times in Asia and Europe; weakened consumer confidence compared to very high levels at the beginning of 2018.

Regional Performance

Three of the six regions reported year-on-year demand growth in November 2018 – North America, Middle East and Latin America. Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa all contracted.

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