African Airlines Put Hopes On Cargo As Supply Chain Problems Drive Need For Fast Transport

African airlines only hold 1.9% of the global air passenger market and 2% of the global air freight market. (iStock)

African airlines recorded the largest increase in international freight for the ninth consecutive month, although passenger traffic is still nearly two-thirds lower than before the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is according to the latest data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents about 83% of the airlines in the world.

Passenger traffic fell 62.2% in September this year compared to September 2019, although freight volumes increased by 34.6%. Seasonally adjusted air cargo volumes from African carriers are now 20% higher than pre-pandemic 2019 levels, despite a more lateral trend over the past six months.

African airlines, however, only hold 1.9% of the global air passenger market and 2% of the global air freight market.

In a virtual briefing on Wednesday, IATA CEO Willie Walsh said IATA’s vision to safely restore global connectivity is based on making vaccines available to everyone as quickly as possible and to travelers. vaccinated with no obstacles to travel. At the same time, the tests should allow those without access to vaccines to travel without quarantine, he said.

IATA sees antigen testing as the key to cost-effective and convenient testing regimes and suggests that governments should pay for testing, so that it does not become an economic barrier to travel.

“that of September [global air
passenger] performance is a positive development, but the recovery in international traffic remains stalled amid border closures and continued quarantine warrants, ”said Walsh.

As for global air freight, IATA data indicates that the cost competitiveness of air freight relative to that of container transport remains favorable. Before the pandemic, the average price of air freight transport was 12.5 times more expensive than sea transport. In September 2021, it was only three times more expensive.

“Supply chain congestion has an advantage as manufacturers look to air travel for speed. But severe capacity constraints continue to limit the ability of air freight to absorb the additional demand. Covid-19, “Walsh said.

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