Airlines report lower cargo in October
American Airlines, British Airways and United Airlines have all reported lower cargo volumes in the month of October.
American carried 197.2 million system cargo ton-miles (international and domestic) in October, down 2.3 percent from 201.8 million system cargo ton-miles carried in October 2004.
American’s monthly decline means system cargo ton-miles for the year-to-date are up just 0.8 percent to 1.83 billion system cargo ton-miles, from 1.81 billion system cargo ton-miles.
British Airways said it carried 439 million cargo ton-kilometers in October, a 4.7 percent from 461 million cargo ton-kilometers transported in the same month last year.
For April-October, the first seven months of its financial year, BA carried 2.80 billion cargo ton-kilometers, down 2.5 percent on 2.87 billion cargo ton-kilometers reported in the year-earlier period.
United Airlines posted a 5.4 percent year-on-year decline in cargo volume for October at 184.8 million system cargo ton-miles, compared to 195.4 million system cargo ton-miles in the same month last year.
United’s freight dropped 7.6 percent to 154.8 million cargo ton-miles, while mail was down 7.1 percent to 30 million cargo ton-miles.
For the year to date, United’s system cargo ton-miles are up 2.5 percent to 1.66 billion, compared to 1.62 billion in the same period last year.