“Last year airlines safely transported 52.2 million tonnes of cargo worth around $6 trillion. We have supported some $2.7 trillion in economic activity and 63 million jobs,” said Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA.
Globally, cargo markets showed a 2.3 per cent expansion in freight and mail tonne kilometres (FTKs). This outstripped a capacity increase of 5.8 per cent decreasing freight load factor by 1.6 per cent pp. The top five airlines ranked by total freight tonnes carried on scheduled services were:
- FedEx Express (7.1 million)
- United Parcel Service (4.5 million)
- Emirates Airline (2.5 million)
- Cathay Pacific Airways (1.6 million)
- Korean Air (1.5 million)