Largest cargo volume increase in a decade in the USA
US airlines carried almost 13% more cargo by weight in July 2020 (preliminary) than in July 2019, the largest year-on-year increase since 2010.
The rise was fuelled by a gain of 15.8% in domestic cargo, while the 4.5% rise in international cargo was the first annual gain since March 2019, according to data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 15 of the leading cargo airlines which carry 97% of the total cargo (freight and mail) by weight on US airlines.
July 2020 was the third consecutive month that US airlines carried more total cargo and the eighth consecutive month they carried more domestic cargo than they did during the same month of the previous year.
The increase from July 2019 was the largest y-o-y gain since May 2009. Domestic cargo comprised 75% of total US airlines cargo in July 2020, compared to 73% in July 2019. (ah)