Middle East outdoes rest of world

Middle Eastern air freight growth comfortably oustripped the global average in August.

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By  David Ingham Published  November 5, 2006

International freight traffic rose 4.7% year on year in August, according to IATA. This was above July’s figure of 3.7% year on year growth, but below the historic long-term average growth of 6.0%. The Middle East led all regions with August demand growth for cargo at 13.1% year on year. Strong growth in Africa continued, with the region registering a 10.6% increase for freight. Restructuring in Latin America led to an increase of 1.1% for freight. European growth remained stable at 2.6%. “More change and efficiency gains remain absolutely critical,” said Giovanni Bisignani, director general and CEO of IATA. “We need better contingency planning at airports, greater harmonisation of security measures across borders and governments must take up the security cost burden."

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