Air Freight Demand Soaring High In 2017

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A Cambodia Angkor Air Airbus A321 plane takes off from Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City bound for Phnom Penh.

According to a recent press release from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), global demand for air freight has risen by 10.4 percent during the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2016, with cargo volumes of Asia-Pacific airlines growing 10.1 percent year-on-year and capacity growing 4.8 percent.

“Seasonally adjusted international freight volumes are now 4 percent above the level reached in 2010 following the global financial crisis bounce-back. Demand growth has been strongest, between 13-15 percent, on international routes within Asia as well as between Asia and Europe,” the IATA said.

Khek Norinda, communications director of Cambodia Airports, operator of Cambodia’s three international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville, noted that the Kingdom’s air freight was experiencing growth ahead of the curve. “For Cambodia, air freight output started to bounce back in the second half of 2016 and it has maintained momentum,” he said. “It is driven by the country’s good economic environment, the dynamism of the garment industry and [increased] air cargo capacity.”

Since the start of 2016, capacity has increased sharply in the Kingdom with at least seven international cargo carriers adding routes.

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