Air Cargo

Air Cargo

Demand for air freight through much of 2017 and into the first quarter of 2018 was boosted by stronger economies and trade, with e-commerce growth and a broader inventory restocking cycle keeping space tight and freight rates sky high. Air cargo is now heading into the slower summer months but capacity is expected to tighten into the fourth quarter. Double-digit growth in late 2017 means the year-over-year comparisons may not be as severe, but shippers have been advised to book their space early.

News & Analysis

10 Oct 2019
A bigger footprint in El Paso, Texas, will help the freight forwarding arm of Deutsche Post DHL reach more shippers in the US and Mexico.
11 Dec 2017
Freight rates for air cargo are rising steadily and space is at a premium with no slowing of demand.
07 Dec 2017
Shippers of air cargo are in for a rough decade if a grim outlook on airport capacity by the International Air Transport Association proves correct.
06 Dec 2017
Peak season demand is using up all available capacity and pushing up rates to unheard of levels.
01 Dec 2017
Morocco is aggressively attracting foreign companies through its special economic zone system.
01 Dec 2017
The strong performance of air cargo this year has continued into the fourth quarter and the positive sentiment is expected to reach well into 2018.
24 Nov 2017
Holiday orders up 20 percent, strong demand reported from airlines and logistics providers — the good times continue to roll for the air cargo business.
22 Nov 2017
These are the best of times for the global airline industry but look like the worst of times for UK carriers and airports as they sweat over Brexit.
18 Nov 2017
Shippers are scrambling for space on aircraft and paying more for their cargo as robust volume in Asia-Europe and Asia-North America trades quickly mop up available capacity.
16 Nov 2017
Securing air cargo space for customers in a tightening market has led to Flexport chartering freighters during the peak season with plans to set up a weekly freighter schedule in 2018.
14 Nov 2017
The sales figures surrounding China's Single's Day are predictably large, but the online shopping promotion continues robust 2017 e-commerce demand that is driving up air cargo volume.
10 Nov 2017
Netherlands airport hub Schiphol is considering a government proposal aimed at solving its landing rights crisis impacting all-cargo flights.
08 Nov 2017
Atlas Air is the latest carrier to announce expectations of a solid peak season, but the rising demand for airlines will limit the space available to shippers and push up freight rates.
04 Nov 2017
The shipment of outsized or heavyweight air freight has demanded agility, speed, and quick thinking from forwarders, charter brokers, and carriers.
01 Nov 2017
Rising air cargo volume is coinciding with growing passenger travel, and slots for freighters flights are being squeezed at hub airports in Europe.
01 Nov 2017
The cyclical air cargo peak may be moderating slightly, but carriers continued to enjoy strong volume and yields during September.
29 Oct 2017
Continued slow growth in the global economy suppressed revenue at the world’s top 50 transportation service providers.
27 Oct 2017
Third-quarter earnings reports reveal across-the-board increases in transportation rates, with little sign pressure will ease soon.
26 Oct 2017
Air cargo executives are wallowing in a sea of positivity as volume grows at double digits and they expect the strong demand to continue for another year.
26 Oct 2017
European airlines are bystanders in the long simmering “open skies” dispute between US and Gulf airlines that looks like it is about to shoot up to the top of President Trump’s “America First” agenda.
26 Oct 2017
DSV has been making the most out of a resurgent air freight market and continuing synergies earned through the acquisition of UTi.