Fri, 31 May 2019

Asia Pacific Airlines Carried 31.2 Million Int. Passengers in April; Cargo Down 9.1%

Preliminary traffic figures from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) for the month of April 2019 show continued growth in international air passenger markets, supported by ongoing expansion in the global services sectors

Air cargo volumes contracted further, following disruptions to global supply chains amid heightened trade tensions, particularly between the United States and China.

Collectively, Asia Pacific airlines recorded a 3.7% increase in the number of international passengers carried to a combined total of 31.2 million in April, with promotional airfare campaigns lending support to travel markets. Measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), demand grew by 3.5%, reflecting relative strength in regional travel markets. After accounting for a 4.1% increase in available seat capacity, the average international passenger load factor edged 0.5 percentage points lower to 80.8% for the month.

Korean Air Boeing 777-300ER reg: HL808. Picture taken by Steven Howard of at Hanoi Airport in Vietnam. Click to enlarge.

Air cargo demand as measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTK) fell by a steep 9.1% year-on-year in April, with further declines in new export orders affecting trade activity. In particular, the fall in air shipment volumes coincided with production declines in the region's technology equipment sectors. Whilst demand fell, offered freight capacity edged 0.4% higher, leading to a 6.0 percentage point drop in the average international freight load factor to 57.3% for the month.

Commenting on the results, Mr. Andrew Herdman, AAPA Director General said, "These traffic trends paint a mixed picture. The first four months of the year saw a 4.9% increase in the number of passengers carried by the region's airlines to an aggregate total of 125 million, whereas air cargo markets experienced a 6.3% decline in demand during the same period."

"Growth remained relatively encouraging in air passenger markets, with sustained demand in regional economies. Since the last quarter of 2018, however, air cargo volumes have recorded declines as unresolved disputes and the imposition of trade tariffs led to a marked slowdown in international trade flows."

Looking ahead, Mr. Herdman said, "The current trade tensions and further erosion in business confidence could undermine growth prospects going forward, even though demand for international air travel is expected to remain relatively firm. The region's airlines are proactively exploring new opportunities for growth, whilst carefully managing capacity expansion and implementing measures to contain costs in a bid to navigate successfully through the ongoing challenges."

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