Air Transport Publications
Login   |   Register
jobs Jobs
events Events
My bookmarks
Air carriers have been caught in a crossfire of a United States and China trade war. Ian Putzger looks at the implications for the Transpacific freight market
Dominic was promoted to Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo in August 2017. He has been a key member of the airline’s cargo leadership team since 2008
E-commerce has given a massive boost to air cargo traffic and is the biggest factor behind the capacity glut that left a scramble for lift, and now air cargo logistics providers need to adapt to meet demand as Keith Mwanalushi finds
With a rapidly growing route network in the Europe–Asia market, Finnair Cargo is a growing player in global air freight. Satu Dahl speaks with Fredrik Wildtgrube, Head of Global Sales at Finnair Cargo, to get more insight into the carrier’s strategy for success
Embracing new innovations and technology is at the forefront of the cool chain sector. Keith Mwanalushi asks how the temperature-controlled container industry is responding to the ever-demanding pharma supply chain


Keith Mwanalushi
The downward trend in cargo transport continued in June. Brussels Airport, for instance, a major European cargo hub, saw a significant decline of 17% compared to the same month last year. In June 2018, the airport says it shipped more than 64,000 tonnes of cargo; this year it handled around 10,000 tonnes less. The slowdown in demand can be felt in all segments and by all airlines. The trucked cargo underwent the strongest downturn: 26.6% lower than June last year. The reduction in cargo transport is also noticeable in other European airports and is due to continuing economic uncertainty. We have also seen some major European cargo carriers adjust their summer 2019 scheduling by reducing frequencies to reflect this weaker demand. The trade disputes between the US and China hasn't made things any easier, the issue of trade wars is certainly something we need to worry about. In this edition of the magazine, we analyse the problem and we find that it is damaging the cargo business, particularly on the Transpacific trade routes. The message is echoed across the industry. The US and China are recording pronounced losses and sharply declining trade volumes and the tariffs are definitely having an impact. ANA Cargo tells us that there is a rapid decline of cargo volume between Japan and China as a result of trade frictions between China and North America. Overall, global economic growth is set to continue, at least for the second half of the year but translating that growth into growth in trade will be the key challenge; and Brexit-related trade uncertainty in Europe and trade tensions between the US and China will continue to contribute negatively.

What's new

Boeing and China Airlines Finalize O... bookmark

Carrier to modernize its freighter fleet with six of the world's largest, most capable twin-engine freighters

Sheremetyevo Processed 170 Thousand ... bookmark

Sheremetyevo Contributes to 67% of All Cargo Traffic in Moscow Air Cluster.


Sheremetyevo International Airport recently published its cargo performance results for the first 6 months of 2019. In total, the airport processed 148 thousand tons of cargo, 22 thousand tons of mail. The volume of cargo traffic in Sheremetyevo in January-June 2019 has increased by 2% compared to the same period in 2018. Sheremetyevo Airport is the top airport in the entire Moscow Air Cluster in terms of cargo traffic: the airport's share of the total volume has increased from 61% to 67%, compared to the first 6 months of 2018.