ACCORDING to analysis by CLIVE Data Services, the volume of global air cargo continues to show a gradual but consistent month-on-month recovery in the month of July.

The growth in chargeable weight last month – normalised for the fact that July has one more day than June – also helped to further narrow the year-on-year decline in international freight volumes.

July 2020’s performance was -20% versus the same month a year ago but still reflected an improving monthly trend in the level of air cargo traffic compared to the -26%, -31% and -37% year-on-year gaps in April, May and June 2020 respectively.

CLIVE’s regional year-on-year ‘dynamic loadfactor’ analyses, for example, for week 31 (Jul 27-Aug 2) shows:

• +21% points increase on the North America to Europe lane versus July 2019.

• +19% points on the Europe-North America lane.

• +10% points on the Asia-Europe & Middle East lane.

• Closing of the gap on the Europe& Middle East-Asia lane, -5% points year-on-year but continually getting closer to the market level of 2019 after a seismic fall earlier in the year.

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CLIVE’s ‘dynamic loadfactor’ of 70% in July – based on both the volume and weight perspectives of cargo flown and capacity available -represented a minimal decline of 0.6% versus June 2020 but was still 8% higher year-on-year.

Managing director, Niall van de Wouw, said, “To put the 70% dynamic loadfactor into perspective, during the Christmas 2018 proper peak season it stood at 68%, and now we are in July, normally the doldrums summer period for the air cargo industry.”

Beneath this global average are, however, regional differences. The load factors to and from Asia shows a different pattern than the ones across the Atlantic but this decline in load factor is mainly caused by increasing capacity.

For example, eastbound Atlantic capacity in the week of July 27-August 2 was 10% higher than in the last week of June, while the cargo volumes rose by just 4% over that same timeframe.

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