War in Ukraine and Omicron disrupts Air Cargo movements apollo global Alliance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2022 data for global air cargo markets showing a drop in demand. The effects of Omicron in Asia, the Russia – Ukraine war and a challenging operating backdrop contributed to the decline.

Note: The numbers are to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Cargo demand is tracking below pre-COVID-19 levels, and capacity remains constrained.

“Air cargo markets mirror global economic developments. In March, the trading environment took a turn for the worse. The combination of war in Ukraine and the spread of the Omicron variant in Asia have led to rising energy costs, exacerbated supply chain disruptions, and fed inflationary pressure. As a result, compared to a year ago, there are fewer goods being shipped—including by air. Peace in Ukraine and a shift in China’s COVID-19 policy would do much to ease the industry’s headwinds. As neither appears likely in the short-term, we can expect growing challenges for air cargo just as passenger markets are accelerating their recovery,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.

March 2022 (% year-on-year)     World share1     CTK        ACTK     CLF (%-pt)2         CLF (level)3

Total Market      100.0%  -5.2%     1.2%      -3.7%     54.9%

Africa    1.9%      3.1%      8.7%      -2.7%     49.4%

Asia Pacific          32.5%    -5.1%     -6.4%     0.9%      63.8%

Europe 22.9%    -11.1%  -4.9%     -4.7%     67.1%

Latin America    2.2%      22.1%    34.9%    -4.7%     44.8%

Middle East         13.4%    -9.7%     5.3%      -8.7%     52.6%

North America   27.2%    -0.7%     6.7%      -3.3%     44.2%

1 % of industry CTKs in 2021  2 Change in load factor   3 Load factor level

March Regional Performance

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