Recently released cargo results for the international airports at Miami, Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles paint a picture of revived domestic air freight in the waning months of 2012.
This activity, in most cases, has been pushed along by a boom in mail freight.
In November, Miami saw total cargo activity of 194,117 tons go through the airport, a 4.97-percent year-over-year increase, but experienced a more significant year-over-year boost in domestic air freight. Total cargo tonnage grew to 25,589 tons last month — a 15.53 percent year-over-year increase — on the strength of a 95-percent surge in mail volume. Through the first 11 months of the year, freight stood at 1.932 million tons, an almost 5-percent boost over last year’s 11-month total.
Mail also propelled cargo growth on the West Coast at Los Angeles International Airport, with international and domestic mail accounting for 24.32-percent growth through November. Total cargo for the month stood at 169,754 tons, a 3.66-percent increase over November 2011’s total; 2012’s total cargo number so far is 1.794 million tons, a 5.2-percent increase. (LAX didn’t release separate domestic numbers.)
In the middle of the country, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport got a big domestic cargo boost from the eight combination carriers that route cargo through the airport. American Airlines, which has the largest cargo marketshare at the airport, led the charge with a 24-percent, year-over-year total cargo increase in November. AA ended the month with 2,310 tons of cargo. The rest of the carriers accounted for 3,588 tons of cargo last month.
Integrators sent a mixed message in Dallas, with FedEx showing 12.3-percent, year-over-year increase, while UPS sank by 10.3 percent. Both of them did a significant amount of activity, routing 10,407 tons and 13,178 tons through the airport, respectively. Total cargo in Dallas showed the least-significant domestic increase last month out of the three airports, with a 1.2-percent year-over-year bump. - Jon Ross