05/06/2020

FRA Cargo Climate Index Cw18

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Cw18 (April 27th to May 3rd 2020)

(Compared to previous week: ↗↘→)

Actual Traffic Figures

Cw 17

Cw 18 Δ % y-t-y
Cargo (Freight & Mail in t)  33.694  35.877 (↗) - 8,0%
Passengers  45.270  48.570 (↗) - 96,5%
Aircraft Movements  1.605 1.682 (↗) - 83,8%

Cargo volumes increased by approx. 7% again compared with the previous week (↗) / At only -8%, cargo volumes continuously near those of the previous year (↗).

Historical event: Since Saturday April 25th, cargo aircraft and cargo-only passenger aircraft have made up for more than 50% of the aircraft movements in FRA (↗) / Cargo-only passenger aircraft of more than 30 airlines have reached a share of about 45% of the cargo-only aircraft movements (↗) and already transport about 20% of the cargo volume (↗) / The average cargo load factor has increased by about 15% over the previous year across all aircraft movements (↗).

Classification of the current situation by the cargo stakeholders interviewed

The emerging growth trend in exports has intensified, and there has also been a clear resurgence in reported volumes in imports: around 70% in imports and around 60% in exports classified the volume as "above ex- pectations" or "as expected" (↗). The previously reported balanced ratio of available capacity to demand is currently changing into a significant surplus in demand: 70% of the responses reported an excess demand or balanced capacity (↘).

There are still hardly any changes to the previous weeks in the product groups. Pharmaceuticals, medical protective clothing and high-tech/electronics remain the most striking product categories (↗). So far there has been no decline in the import volumes of protective masks.

The volume trend in both imports and exports is estimated by around 60% of those interviewed to be con- stant (→). Nevertheless, a trend reversal can be seen in exports for the first time: the number of responses which assume an increasing export volume rose for the first time (↗).

The basic satisfaction with the handling services offered in FRA is consistently high. However, the current high level of capacity utilisation in cargo processes is reflected in increased dissatisfaction (25%) with the landside performance (↘).

Important topics for the interviewed cargo stakeholders, current & future

The high volatility of the workload associated with the increasing charter business and the change in the current commodity structure are currently the greatest challenges. This change can be seen in a doubling of the number of packages and a higher share of loose cargo with a simultaneous increase in the number of different picking-up companies. This leads to a considerable amount of additional manual work in handling on the apron, in the cargo terminals and on the landside interfaces with the associated waiting times.

Considering this, cargo handling in FRA is currently running at maximum capacity and all those involved have been working at top performance for weeks. With an increasing number of those interviewed, this leads to concerns about whether this level of performance can be maintained in the long term.

Issued by: FRA Cargo Team as of: May 6th 2020 Cargo & Logistics Infrastructure Development, ZFL, Fraport AG
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