Japan Airlines' international cargo volume plummeted 58.5 percent in May as the carrier adjusted to business without full freighters and All Nippon Airways' international cargo volume grew 2.1 percent in May, a sharp slowdown from the 12 percent growth the month before.
It was unclear whether cargo operations at the carriers have been affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, but the country's two international airlines saw demand step back in May from April.
Much of the increase at ANA has come as the carrier has grabbed market share from struggling JAL and the carrier now carries more passengers and cargo than its rival.
JAL said its international cargo volume dropped for the 12th successive month in May on a year-on-year basis, but the pace of decline slightly slowed from 60.1 percent in April.
In fiscal 2010, JAL's international cargo volume totaled 396,106 tons, down a whopping 33.3 percent from a year earlier. JAL's domestic cargo volume in fiscal 2010 amounted to 440,245 tons, down 6.8 percent from a year earlier.
JAL stopped operating its own freighter flights at the end of October 2010 and now sells only belly capacity.
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