FRA Cargo Climate Index Cw17


Cw17 (April 20th to 26th 2020)

(Compared to previous week: ↗↘→)

Actual Traffic Figures

Cw 16

Cw 17 Δ % y-t-y
Cargo (Freight & Mail in t) 29.794 33.694 (↗) - 12,9%
Passengers 37.015 45.270 (↗) - 96,8%
Aircraft Movements 1.404 1.605 (↗) - 84,0%

Compared to the previous week, cargo volume has increased by approx. 13% (↗) / Cargo growth is increas- ingly driven by exports (!) / Since mid April 2020, the cargo volume is approaching previous year's volumes / Cargo flights have grown 38% (↗) compared to the previous year's period / Almost 95% of cargo volume is currently transported with cargo aircrafts or cargo-only passenger aircrafts (→)

Compared to 2019, cargo capacity offered has moved from 50% on passenger aircrafts and 50% on cargo aircrafts to 10% on passenger aircrafts (belly holds), 80% on cargo aircrafts and (new) 10% on cargo-only passenger aircrafts.

Classification of the current situation by the cargo stakeholders interviewed

Compared to the previous weeks, the feedback on current cargo volumes shows a changing trend. While import volume classification as "above expectation", "as expected" or "less than expected"(→) were men- tioned the same number of times, around a quarter of those interviewed classify exports as "above expecta- tion" (↗) in the meantime. This is also reflected in the airport ́s traffic figures that show an increase in export in the last days. There are no significant changes in the product groups compared to the previous weeks. Pharmaceutical, medical protective gear and high-tech/electronics are still represented (→).

Starting from a generally sufficient availability of capacity, the ratio between capacity and demand is getting more and more balanced - both in imports and exports (↗). Three-quarters of the respondents in both export and import (→) es9mate that the volume will remain stable. Less than 10% of those interviewed expect a decline in cargo volumes (↗).

Satisfaction with the handling services provided at the airport remains high. For the first time, none of those interviewed were dissatisfied: neither with the service provided in-house, landside or airside, nor with the authorities (↗). However, the last two weeks show an increasing self-reflective reporting on the quality of their own in-house service (↘).

Important topics for the surveyed cargo stakeholders, current & future

Even though flight schedules have become more stable in principle, there are still often ad-hoc changes. This is also due to the still very volatile markets on lucrative cargo routes for imports. Longer waiting times for import pick-ups at individual companies are also mentioned. Passenger airlines are increasingly demanding that their cargo-only flights be positioned close to the cargo handlers. The positioning close to the passenger terminal is no longer considered appropriate and would lead to avoidable operating expenses.

One of the topics discussed was the challenges involved in converting operations to a charter flight business that will continue to dominate in the foreseeable future. Although there have been no major disruptions due to a corona incident to date, the possible negative effects of measures taken by the health authorities as a result of SARS-CoV2 infections are a continuing issue.

Issued by: FRA Cargo Team as of: 28th of April 2020 Cargo & Logistics Infrastructure Development, ZFL, Fraport AG
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