Air Freight Market Summary, Competitive Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2026 (Global Almanac)


Global Air Freight industry profile provides top-line qualitative and quantitative summary information including: sector size (value 2017-21, and forecast to 2026). The profile also contains descriptions of the leading players including key financial metrics and analysis of competitive pressures within the sector.

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. All market data and forecasts are represented in nominal terms (i.e., without adjustment for inflation) and all currency conversions used in the creation of this report have been calculated using constant 2021 annual average exchange rates.
  • The global air freight sector had total revenues of $117.3 billion in 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.4% between 2016 and 2021.
  • Sector production volume increased with a CAGR of 0.6% between 2016 and 2021, to reach a total of 189.3 billion freight ton-kilometers (FTK) in 2021.
  • The sector recorded steep decline in 2020 of 21.5% largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The leading players in the region were forced to follow government restrictions in order to curtail the spread of the virus.


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