Middle East Region Air Cargo Volumes See Slight Dip in July

Middle East Region Air Cargo Volumes See Slight Dip in July

Large Middle East–Asia trade lanes however continue strong growth

Middle Eastern carriers posted an 11.3% rise in international cargo volumes in July 2021 versus July 2019 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) data released for July 2021.

This was a decrease compared to the previous month (15.8%). Some routes, however, are still posting strong performance, for example on the large Middle East–Asia trade lanes.

Meanwhile, global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 8.6% compared to July 2019. Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%.

The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to June which saw demand increase 9.2% (against pre-COVID-19 levels).

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Capacity continues to recover but is still 10.3% down compared to July 2019.

Economic conditions continue to support air cargo growth. July export orders component of the manufacturing Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) was 52.7%, indicating a short-term boost to demand if those orders are shipped by air.

The inventory-to-sales ratio remains low ahead of the peak year-end retail season.​​​

Wille Walsh, IATA’s Director General said: “July was another solid month for global air cargo demand. Economic conditions indicate that the strong growth trend will continue into the peak year-end demand period.

"The Delta variant of COVID-19 could bring some risks. If supply chains and production lines are disrupted, there is potential for a knock-on effect for air cargo shipments.”

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