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/ 2020 news

  L  January 2020 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Passenger growth slows as COVID-19 impacts the industry 
African airlines post 5.3% annual increase

African airlines posted a 5.3% annual increase in international passenger demand, almost unchanged from December 2019 (5.1%). Flight disruption in late January was also relatively small for this region’s carriers. Read more...  

  L  January 2020 Air Freight Market Analysis  
Challenging time for air cargo in the period ahead…
African airlines continue to lead the growth chart…

African carriers topped the international CTK growth chart for the 11th consecutive month amidst solid growth on the smaller Africa-Asia trade lanes (up 12.4% in 2019). However, the 7.0% expansion in January represented a sharp slowdown from December and also a softer pace compared to H2 2019 (average of 11%).
   SA air cargo volumes also fell, but the drop did not distort an underlying solid upward trend that emerged in mid-2018. The relatively small size of Africa market (1.8% of the total) helps to explain the larger volatility this month. Read more...

/ 2019 news

  L  December 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Below-trend but still solid air passenger growth in 2019
African carriers posted the fastest RPK growth

International RPKs for African carriers rose by 5.1%yoy in December – a pace broadly in line with the expansion in 2019 as a whole. Airlines in the region benefited from a generally supportive economic backdrop in 2019 – including improved stability in a number of countries – as well as increases in air transport connectivity. Read more...  

  L  December 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis  
Air freight volumes down 3.3% in 2019; 1 st decline since 2012
Growth accelerates in Africa… 

International freight volumes for African carriers grew by a robust 7.7% in 2019, stepping up from -0.1% in 2018. In year-on-year terms to December, Africa recorded a brisk double-digit growth rate of 10.7%. Over the year, air cargo volumes have been supported by strong capacity growth and investment linkages with Asia.Africa delivers the strongest growth in 2019. Read more...

/ 2019 news

  L  November 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
A month of moderate volume growth but stabilizing drivers
Another month of growth in Africa…

Carriers registered in Africa saw international RPK volumes grow by ~5% year-on-year in November, rebounding after two consecutive months of modest growth around 2-2.5%. Ongoing challenges in the South African market have been more than offset by strong performances elsewhere in the region. Read more...  

  L  November 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Annual global freight volumes decline but pressures are easing
Growth accelerates in Africa…

International FTK volumes of airlines based in Africa rose by a swift 20.5% in November 2019 compared to the same period a year ago, the strongest outcome in more than two years. In consequence and despite a strong increase in freight capacity (AFTKs were up 14.9% y-o-y), the international load factor for the region lifted by 1.9ppts in November. As we have noted on previous occasions, most of the recent freight performance in Africa is driven by the Asia-Africa market and reflecting the strength of foreign investment into the region. Read more...

  L  IATA: African airlines show positive growth in air cargo traffic
November 8, 2019. BizCommunity.com

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. Read the original article...

  L  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...  

  L  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... 

  L  IATA: African airlines show positive growth in air cargo traffic
November 8, 2019. BizCommunity.com. 

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...  

  L  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...  

  L  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... 

  L  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... 

  L  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... 

   L  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... 

  L  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... 

  L  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...

  L  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... 

  L  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...  

  L  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...

  L  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...  

  L  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...

  L  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...  

  L  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...

  L  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...  

  L  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...

  L  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:

  • The Environment: a call to governments to implement the CORSIA agreement as agreed through ICAO;
  • The importance of a harmonised global airport slot system;
  • The global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage handling;
  • The global implementaton of the One ID initiative; and

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...

  L  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...  

  L  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...

  L  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...

  L  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.

  L  January 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
Passenger growth starts the year on a positive note
Pick-up in annual passenger growth in January
...

Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) started the year on a positive note, increasing by 6.5% year-on-year, the fastest pace since mid-2018. Read more...  

  L  January 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
Air cargo volumes begin 2019 on a weak note
Air cargo volumes are falling…

Industry-wide FTK growth started 2019 where it ended last year, on a soft note. Air cargo volumes in January were 1.8% lower than their level of a year ago. Read more...