Asian airlines’ cargo up 3.3% in 2005
The Kuala Lumpur-based Association of Asia Pacific Airlines reported that its 17 member airlines transported 10 million tons of cargo in 2005, up 3.3 percent over 2004.
When measured in freight-ton kilometers, the member airlines’ traffic increased 3.3 percent to 51.3 million freight-ton kilometers, from 49.7 million freight-ton kilometers last year. The average freight load factor for the Asian airlines was down 1 percent to 66.4 percent.
“The outlook for Asia Pacific’s aviation industry in 2006 remains fairly positive, although the burden of high oil prices on the global economy remains a concern,” said Andrew Herdman, director general at the association.
Association members are: Air New Zealand, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, Dragonair, EVA Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Philippines Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways International and Vietnam Airlines.