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EUROPEAN airlines LufthansaIAGAir France KLM and Finnair all registered cargo demand growth in November.

Lufthansa, the biggest of the airlines in terms of cargo, recorded a 9.4 per cent year-on-year increase in traffic to reach 962 million revenue cargo tonne kilometres.

November's growth is ahead of its year-to-date improvement of 7.4 per cent and is also up on the 2.4 per cent growth recorded in October, reported London's Air Cargo News.

The airline group's cargo load factor rose to 71.9 per cent compared with 71 per cent in 2016. 

The IAG group saw its cargo demand rise by 9.7 per cent year on year in November to 531 million cargo tonne kilometres.

This is an improvement on the 6.5 per cent growth recorded over the first 11 months of 2017 and surpasses October's cargo traffic growth of 4.8 per cent.

Air France KLM also registered an improvement in cargo demand in November, with volume up 6.9 per cent year on year to 759 million revenue tonne kilometres. This is far ahead of its cargo growth over the first 11 months of the year of just 1.9 per cent.

Air freight volumes at AF KLM last year were impacted by the slimming down of KLM's freighter fleet.

The carrier group saw its cargo load factor climb to 65.3 per cent in November compared with 63.6 per cent in 2016.

Finally, Finnair continued to see strong improvements in cargo demand, with its November traffic rising by 12.4 per cent to 83.8 million revenue tonne kilometres.

It was the airline's busiest November since 2011 and the result is ahead of year-to-date growth of 8.9 per cent.

The carrier added widebody A350 aircraft to its fleet last year. By 2020 the delivery of these planes will have helped expand its cargo capacity by 40 per cent.

  • 2018-01-05

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