Japanese Air Cargo Grew in May

Japanese Air Cargo Grew in May

Air cargo volume grew for Japan’s two biggest air carriers in May.

While All Nippon Airways saw a consistently large double digit increase in international cargo, international growth slowed significantly for Japan Airlines, and domestic air cargo declined for the country’s largest air carrier, which plans to end all-cargo flights in October.

ANA's international cargo volume increased for the ninth successive month in May on a year-on-year basis, surging 53.7 percent to 39,872 tons. The year-on-year pace of growth slowed slightly from 57.3 percent in April but was still a very large improvement upon the low volume in the depths of last year’s recession.

ANA's domestic cargo volume grew for the sixth straight month in May on a year-on-year basis, inching up 0.6 percent to 34,422 tons. The pace of growth slowed from 5 percent in April.

By The Numbers: Asia-Pacific Airlines' Freight Traffic.

The number of ANA's international passengers grew for the 10th consecutive month in May, soaring 29.1 percent to 362,066. The number of ANA's domestic passengers grew for the fourth successive month in May, rising 4.3 percent to 3,160,262.

After falling for 15 months in a row, JAL's international cargo volume rose for the seventh consecutive month in May, growing 3.7 percent to 45,798 tons. But the pace of growth slowed for two months running from 32.9 percent in March and 12.7 percent in April.

JAL's domestic cargo volume fell for the first time in three months in May, declining 0.7 percent to 34,942 tons. Its domestic cargo volume had risen 9.6 percent in March and 4.3 percent in April after declining for 11 months in succession.

The number of JAL's international passengers grew for the first time in eight months in May on a year-on-year basis, rising 1.6 percent to 795,927. The number of JAL's domestic passengers grew for the second consecutive month in May, increasing 0.9 percent to 3,066,223.

JAL filed for bankruptcy protection in January under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law, which is similar to Chapter 11 in the U.S., marking one of the biggest corporate failures in Japanese history, and is in the process of rehabilitating itself under a state-backed plan.

In March, JAL announced a decision to pull out of the cargo flight business. JAL said at the time that it will adopt a new cargo business model that solely utilizes the cargo belly space of the airline's passenger flights and will stop operating freighter flights at the end of October this year.

-- Contact Hisane Masaki at yiu45535@nifty.com.