Air freight volumes at airports around the world rose 4.8 percent, year-over-year, in April, according to Airports Council International.
For the first four months of the year, cargo activity rose 3.7 percent, year-over-year.
In April, North American air freight, both domestic and international, rose by 6.1 percent, year-over-year — the largest total gain of any region. Asia-Pacific airports experienced a 5.1-percent bump in total freight, and airports in the Middle East reported seeing 4.4-percent more traffic. With a 3.9-percent drop, year-over-year, Africa was the only region that experienced negative growth in April.
In a statement, ACI World’s Economics Director Rafael Echevarne said there’s been a strong revival in air cargo since 2013.
“Year-over-year growth has remained in the realm of 4% over the previous six months,” he said. “While there are signs of a Chinese slowdown on several fronts, the rise in global demand has boosted Chinese exports. Some key hubs in the region continue to perform well with respect to air freight volumes as compared to previous years.”