International air cargo increased 12.0 percent to 44,182 at All Nippon Airways, the 20th consecutive month of growth for Japan’s second largest freight carrier.
The year-over-year pace of growth quickened for the first time in four months, after increases of 29.3 percent in December, 15.8 percent in January, 11.3 percent in February and 10.0 percent in March.
ANA’s domestic cargo volume also rose for the second straight month in April on a year-over-year basis, growing 1.2 percent to 38,823 tons. The carrier’s domestic cargo volume had increased 6.6 percent in March after falling in February for the first time in 15 months, albeit by only 0.1 percent.
For all of fiscal 2010, which ended March 31, ANA’s international cargo volume totaled 494,425 tons, up 29.7 percent from a year earlier. The carrier’s annual domestic cargo volume rose 4.6 percent to 478,583 tons.
Much of the increase in ANA’s cargo volume came as the carrier grabbed market share from its struggling domestic rival, Japan Airlines.
JAL’s international volume dropped for the 11th successive month in April on a year-over-year basis, plummeting 60.1 percent to 19,749 tons. The year-over-year pace of decline slightly slowed from 62.1 percent in March.
JAL’s domestic volume also fell for the 10th consecutive month, nose-diving 20.4 percent to 30,276 tons. The year-over-year pace of decline slightly quickened from 19.8 percent in March.
For the year, JAL’s international volume totaled 396,106 tons, down 33.3 percent. Domestic volume in fell 6.8 percent to 440,245 tons.
ANA and JAL release monthly cargo and passenger figures without analysis, so it’s unclear whether — and how much — their cargo operations were affected by the devastating March earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
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