IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) data shows the top 25 cargo airlines last year succeeded in delivering on an appetite for air cargo, despite limited capacity, staff shortages and pandemic-related congestion and constraints throughout the supply chain.

Traffic in scheduled cargo tonne km (CTK) terms increased by 18.7% year on year in 2021, a drastic improvement on 2020’s decline of 10.6%. This was also up 6.9% on the pre-Covid year of 2019.

Performance at the top 25 airlines (see chart at end of article) was roughly in line with the overall market, as those leading carriers saw cargo volumes increase by 18.8% year on year.

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