Air Freight Global Industry Almanac 2013-2022


Global Air Freight industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: sector size (value and volume 2013-17, and forecast to 2022). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the sector.


Essential resource for top-line data and analysis covering the global air freight sector. Includes sector size and segmentation data, textual and graphical analysis of sector growth trends and leading companies.

Key Highlights

  • The air freight sector is defined as consisting of revenues generated from freight transportation by air.
  • Units of volumes are measured in freight ton-kilometers (FTK). Air freight volumes, consisting of freight, express, and diplomatic bags, include both domestic and international freight which for the purposes of this report are counted at each flight stage.
  • Value represents the revenue obtained by airline companies from freight transportation.
  • Any currency conversions used in the creation of this report have been calculated using constant 2017 annual average exchange rates.
  • The global air freight sector had total revenues of $116,423.4m in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.6% between 2013 and 2017.
  • The international segment the highest volume in the global air freight sector in 2017, with total sales of 165,389.7 million FTK, equivalent to 83.8% of the sector’s overall volume.
  • Many of the largest countries in the world such as Russia, Canada and China have rather small domestic air freight segments despite their size due to the fact that their populations are unevenly distributed with the bulk of their populace living within a confined region. In such cases the threat of more cost effective substitutes such as road and rail freight becomes stronger reducing the size of the air freight sector.


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