African Airlines Air Cargo Volumes Increase By 3.9% In November 2023

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released “data for November 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the strongest year-on-year growth in roughly two years. This is partly due to weakness in November 2022, but also reflects a fourth consecutive month of strengthening demand for air cargo.”
According to the data, “African airlines saw their air cargo volumes increase by 3.9% in November 2023, slightly improved compared to October’s +2.9% growth performance. Capacity was 14.0% above November 2022 levels.”
IATA says: “Global demand for air cargo, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), increased by 8.3% compared to November 2022. For international operations, demand growth was 8.1%. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.7% compared to November 2022 (+11.6% for international operations). Most of the capacity growth continues to be attributable to the increase in belly capacity as international passenger markets continue their post-COVID recovery.”

Compared to November 2019 (pre-COVID-19), demand is down 2.5% while capacity is up 4.1%.
Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said, “November air cargo demand was up 8.3% on 2022—the strongest year-on-year growth in almost two years. That is a doubling of October’s 3.8% increase and a fourth month of positive market development. It is shaping up to be an encouraging year-end for air cargo despite the significant economic concerns that were present throughout 2023 and continue on the horizon.”

Air cargo market in detail – November 2023
November 2023
(% year-on-year)
World share1 CTK ACTK CLF (%-pt)2 CLF (level)3
Total Market 100.0% 8.3% 13.7% -2.3% 46.7%
Africa 2.0% 3.9% 14.0% -4.1% 42.1%
Asia Pacific 32.4% 13.8% 29.6% -6.6% 47.9%
Europe 21.8% 6.7% 6.5% 0.1% 57.0%
Latin America 2.7% 4.2% 7.7% -1.2% 36.3%
Middle East 13.0% 13.5% 15.4% -0.8% 46.9%
North America 28.1% 1.8% 4.0% -0.9% 40.8%


1% of industry CTKs in 2022   2year-on-year change in load factor   3Load Factor Level


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