The international air cargo traffic carried by member airlines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) fell 11 per cent last year compared to 2008, according to a statement.
Air cargo traffic, expressed in freight tonne kilometres fell to 46,776 million last year from 52561m a year ago, preliminary traffic figures showed. Available freight tonne kilometres also fell to 70,738m last year from 80,215m in 2008, a decline of 11.8 per cent.
Airlines made corresponding reductions in cargo capacity, resulting in an average freight load factor of 66.1 per cent, almost unchanged from the previous year.
"As a result of the global recession, demand for air cargo shipments recorded a sharp fall. The outlook for 2010 depends on the sustainability of what still appears to be a rather fragile global economic recovery," Andrew Herdman, AAPA Director General said.
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