News & Industry Affairs / IATA / 2019 

  • October 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis     
    Annual growth slows, but the upward trend remains solid
    Another month of softer growth in Africa…African carriers flew 1.8% more international RPKs compared to a year ago. This marks a second consecutive month of weaker growth which is in line with the broadly sideways SA RPK trend that emerged since July. With ASKs increasing by 3.6% year-onyear, Africa is the only region to see a lower load factor than a year ago. Read more...  

  • October 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Stable cargo volumes point to a weak start to the peak season 
    Africa tops the growth ranking once more…Airlines registered in Africa saw their international FTKs surge by 12.7% in annual terms in October, the strongest growth outcome for the region since early 2018. Broadly speaking, SA freight volumes in the region have been on an upward trend since Q4 2018. Read more... 

  • IATA: African airlines show positive growth in air cargo traffic
    November 8, 2019. IATA has released its data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne-kilometres (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008. 
        African carriers posted the fastest growth of any region in September 2019, with an increase in demand of 2.2% compared to the same period a year earlier. This was a significant slowdown in growth from the 8% recorded in August. Strong trade and investment linkages with Asia and robust economic performance in some key regional economies contributed to the positive performance. Read the original article...  

  • September 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis     
    Another solid outcome in the face of global headwinds
    Africa falls to the bottom of the growth chart…After outperforming most of the regions last month, African airlines dipped to the bottom of the growth chart in September, with RPKs up 0.9% y-o-y. Looking through recent volatility, however, RPK growth for Q3 2019 remains solid at ~3% y-o-y. Read more...  

  • September 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis  
    Another year-on-year fall, but freight volumes are levelling off 
    Africa slows but remains in positive territory…International freight volumes carried by airlines based in Africa increased by 2.1% year-on-year in September. Read more... 

  • August 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger growth improves, but the trend remains moderate
    Africa tops the international growth chart…International RPK volumes registered by African airlines grew by 4.1% in August versus the year ago. This is up from the 3.2% growth rate recorded in July. This solid performance comes after South Africa – the second largest economy in the region after Nigeria – returned to positive economic growth in Q2 2019, following a contraction in activity in Q1. Read more... 

  • August 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air freight declines against softer market backdrop
    Africa remains the strongest performer...Year-on-year growth in international FTKs either eased or declined further across all regions this month, most notably in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Despite that, Africa continues to top the FTK growth chart for another month, supported by robust outcomes from Asia-Africa trade lanes (see Chart 7 with data until July 2019). This has been partly a result of large-scale investments from key Asia Pacific economies including China which recently confirmed a further US$60bn investment into the continent. Read more... 

  •  July 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    A soft start to the peak season, but a new record load factor 
    Africa posts fastest growth rates in July...Though Latin America and Africa posted the fastest growth rates in July globaly, growth for the African carriers also slowed significantly, to 3.6% in July, from a revised 9.8% in June. Deteriorating business confidence in South Africa partly countered generally solid economic conditions in other key markets in the region. Read more... 

  • July 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes remain weak, trade tensions dent outlook 
    Africa showed the strongest y-o-y growth...Regional performance generally remained weak in July. International air cargo volumes in the biggest markets deteriorated. Only the smaller markets, such as Africa and Latin America posted growth compared to the prior year. Africa was the standout region again this month, recording a double-digit increase in cargo volumes over the past year, at 11.3%. Read more... 

  • How The South African Aviation Market Could Double In 20 Years
    July 16, 2019. Thomas Jérémie Hayden-Lefebvre, Simple Fluying. According to a recent IATA study, South Africa’s aviation market could double in the next 20 years. However, achieving this growth, the association argues, requires the maintenance of current trends and significant reforms. Here, we investigate the current market, the challenges facing South African aviation, as well as the prospects. Read the original article...

  • Three reforms will maximize SA aviation benefits: report
    July 14, 2019. eNCA. In 2017, 20.9 million passenger journeys were made to, from and within South Africa, with aviation and tourism representing $9.4-billion in gross value added. This is according to the latest study by IATA on the economic value of air transport and tourism to South Africa. The report identified opportunities for significant expansion over the next 20 years if key policy reforms are made....Read the original article... 

  • June 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth remains solid with new record high load factors 
    Growth surges in Africa...International RPK growth bounced back sharply this month for carriers in Africa. The year-on-year growth rate more than doubled this month, to a very strong 11.7%, the only region to achieve a double-digit rate of growth. The continent continues to benefit from a generally supportive economic backdrop. Read more...  

  • June 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes weaken further, outlook remains clouded 
    Africa the only region with positive y-o-y growth...Despite its small share of the global market, Africa was the only region where international air cargo volumes were higher this month compared with their level of a year ago. Read more...

  • May 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger demand remains sound, but the trend has eased
    RPK growth trend has moderated…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) ticked marginally higher in May, up 4.5% in year-onyear terms. This is a solid outcome, following the short-lived dip in activity in March – where RPK growth eased to 3.1% yoy, in part due to the changed timing of Easter – but it remains below the long-term (20-year) average rate of around 5.5%. Read more...  

  • May 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes still soft, on broad-based regional weakness
    Air cargo volumes continue to languish…Annual growth in industry-wide in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) remained in negative territory in May, down 3.4% compared with their level of a year ago. This is a modest improvement from April, which saw FTKs slip by 5.6% in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, suggesting that while the market remains weak, it is not collapsing. Read more...

  • April 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth recovers in April, amid a slower trend
    RPK growth trend has slowed…Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) recovered to 4.3%, up from 3.1% in March. Growth remains steady, but is still well below the long-run average pace of around 5%.  Read more...  

  • April 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall as market outlook remains soft
    Air cargo volumes fall…Industry-wide FTK growth fell again this month, with annual growth remaining in negative territory. FTKs are currently 4.7% lower than their year-ago level, after seeing unchanged year-on-year growth last month. Read more...

  • March 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Upward trend remains in place despite slowing RPK growth
    RPK growth well below 5-year average...Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) eased to 3.1%, down from 5.1% in February. This was the weakest annual growth outcome since early-2010 and well below the fiveyear average growth rate (7.0%). Read more...  

  • March 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March, but remain soft  
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March…Industry-wide FTK growth bounced back sharply this month, with annual growth returning – albeit only just – to positive territory. FTKs are 0.1% higher than their year-ago level in March, compared with the annual fall of 4.9% recorded last month. Read more...

  • IATA AGM endorses 5 resolutions 
    June 2, 2019. IATA news. At the 75th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit (the largest global gathering of airline leaders), held in Seoul, Korea from 1 to 3 June, IATA announced that five resolutions have been passed, including:
    1. The Environment: a call to governments to implement the CORSIA agreement as agreed through ICAO;
    2. The importance of a harmonised global airport slot system;
    3. The global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage handling;
    4. The global implementaton of the One ID initiative; and
    5. Airlines committed to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and called upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities. Read the original press release here...
  • February 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth slows in February but load factor remains elevated 
    Annual passenger growth moderates in February...Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) slowed moderately in February, to 5.3% year-on-year. Following the brisk but short-lived uptick to 6.5% last month, the annual growth rate settled back to a rate broadly in line with the long-run average rate of growth on this occasion.  Read more...  

  • February 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall further in February  
    Air cargo volumes continue to fall…Industry-wide FTK growth maintained its weak start to 2019 in the latest data. Air cargo volumes in February were a sizeable 4.7% lower than their year-ago level. Read more...
  • IATA launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards
    March 6, 2019. IATA news. The awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, will highlight the industry’s best and brightest in three different categories.
        IATA has announced a new set of awards to recognise diversity in aviation. 
        Launching the IATA Diversity & Inclusion awards, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said the changing face of the air transport sector is to be celebrated. 
        “Aviation is the Business of Freedom—the essence of aviation is building a global community by connecting people, businesses and cultures across great distances. Ten million people work in the aviation industry to make this happen, and it is important that this workforce reflects the amazing diversity and inclusion that it fosters in our society. By launching these awards, we want to recognize and celebrate the great work that is being done to take the industry into the future.” Read the original article here...

  • How IATA's One Order could revolutionize travel management
    March 6, 2019. IATA news. One reference, One process, One industry. ONE Order aims to modernize the order management process in the airline industry.
       This industry-led initiative intends to replace the multiple and rigid booking, ticketing, delivery and accounting methods, using the data communications advances made possible by the implementation of the New Distribution Capability which will enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travelers, by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations: product differentiation and time-to-market, access to full and rich air content and finally, transparent shopping experience.  For more information, d​ownload Nina & Pinta Consulting's white paper IATA's One Order.

  • Dossier: Fit for purpose - The Chicago Convention
    January 4, 2019. IATA news. The Chicago Convention has allowed air transport to increase global connectivity and boost economies and job creation. But as it turns 75, there are challenges ahead. The Chicago Convention celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019 and remains the essential framework for the industry. 
        “The Chicago Convention has proven to be extremely resilient, being subject to very few substantive amendments since its adoption. A unique feature of this agreement is that it provides for the adoption and amendment of standards and recommended practices (SARPs), and in its role as a rulemaking body, ICAO has developed over 12,000 of these provisions for aviation safety, security, facilitation and environment protection. These standards permit civil aviation to respond and adapt to new and emerging opportunities and challenges, including changes in technology, increases in global air transport demand and capacity, as well as new and evolving threats to air safety and security.” Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. Read more...

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