Freight News, Air

Air cargo up 12% in April, says IATA

[ June 8, 2021   //   ]

Air cargo demand continues to outperform pre-Covid levels (April 2019) with demand up 12%, said International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its latest statistics.

Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 12% compared to April 2019 and 7.8% compared to March 2021. Seasonally adjusted demand is now 5% higher than the pre-crisis August 2018 peak.

But capacity remains 9.7% below pre-Covid-19 levels (April 2019) due to the ongoing grounding of passenger aircraft, although airlines continue to use dedicated freighters to plug the lack of available belly capacity. International capacity from dedicated freighters rose 26.2% in April 2021 compared to the same month in 2019, while belly-cargo capacity dropped by 38.5%.