Asian Pacific airlines carry less freight in February
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) released its preliminary traffic figures for February on 25 March 2014. They showed further growth in international passenger markets, but relatively flat air cargo markets, due to the timing of the Chinese New Year holidays.
Measured in freight tonne kilometres (FTKs), Asia Pacific carriers' international freight demand was 0.3% lower in February 2014, compared to the same month last year, partly a result of the closure of regional manufacturing plants during the Chinese New Year holidays. Offered freight capacity increased by 1.6%, resulting in a 1.2 percentage point fall in the average international freight load factor to 61.2%.