FRA Cargo Climate Index Week 20


Week 20 (May 11th to May 17th 2020)                  

(Compared to previous week: →)

Actual Traffic Figures

week 19

week 20 Δ % y-t-y
Cargo (Freight & Mail in t) 34.795  37.260 (↗) - 14,4%
Passengers 52.773 60.264 (↗) - 95,7%
Aircraft Movements 1.720 1.752 (↗) - 83,3%

Compared to the previous week, cargo volume in tonnes increased by 7.1% (). Since the low point in week 16, there has been an overall growth rate of about 25% (). Imports are still the growth driver (). However, the development of export volumes is stagnating ().

For the first time, cargo-only passenger aircraft account for more than 50 % of all cargo-only flight movements () / Aircargo is now carried by more than 50 airlines () in passenger aircraft without passengers / About 40 % of the passenger airlines in FRA are already using the new business model () / The share of cabin-loaded aircraft movements is also continuing to increase ()

Classification of the current situation by the cargo stakeholders interviewed

The situation in the import sector remains positive without interruption: around 85% of those interviewed now rate the volume as "above expectations" or "as expected" (). The situation in the export sector is assessed differently:  About one-third of those interviewed rate the export volume as "above expectations", "as expected" and "lower than expected" respectively ().

For the development in the next seven days, growth or stagnation at a high level is seen for imports (). For the first time, none of the respondents expects a decline. Nevertheless, they point to the resumption of freight deliveries by sea and rail. A decline in import volumes is therefore expected from the second half of June onwards. With regard to the development of the export volume, no significant change is expected in the coming days ().

The main driver of the volume of imports remains personal protective equipment (). “Automotive" was mentioned for the first time as a product group that is on the rise again (), while “Textiles” continue to be transported conspicuously little despite the first openings of stores ().

While, according to the information provided by those interviewed, only little capacity was available for imports at times (), a balanced relationship between supply and demand is developing in exports with regard to the availability of capacity (). This can be attributed in particular to a focus of personnel resources on imports.

Apart from the continued high satisfaction with the performance of the authorities (> 80%,()), the continued high capacity utilisation in the import cargo processes is leading to a growing dissatisfaction with the performance (): in-house (10%), landside (45%) and airside (30%).

Important topics for the cargo stakeholders interviewed, current & future

Against the background of the high volume of shipments and the high utilization of the warehouses, working towards a continuous landside pick-up of goods is essential to limit backlogs and long waiting times. 

This is also seen by the respondents as a major challenge for operations in the coming days with weekends extended by public holidays.

Issued by: FRA Cargo Team as of: May 20th 2020 Cargo & Logistics Infrastructure Development, ZFL, Fraport AG
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