Air freight: a key driver for the global economy

In the world of trade and industry, time is often synonymous with money. That is why air freight has established itself in recent decades as a decisive factor for economic development at local, national and international level. Fast-moving markets increasingly rely on this fast, safe and reliable way of transporting goods - as do numerous Skyline Express customers.

Air freight: facts, figures and data

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the air cargo industry supports more than 87.7 million jobs worldwide and contributes more than US$3.5 trillion to global GDP annually. It carries about 35 per cent of the world's trade value, although it accounts for only 0.5 per cent of global trade volume. Germany in particular, the heart of Europe, plays a leading role in the air freight sector. Frankfurt and Leipzig/Halle airports are among the most important air freight centres worldwide. In 2019, more than 2.1 million tonnes of freight were transported at Frankfurt Airport alone.

The advantages of air freight

  • Speed: The primary feature of air freight is speed. It allows goods to be transported quickly over long distances, which is essential, especially for time-critical shipments. In addition, thanks to well-developed global air routes, even remote areas can be reached efficiently.
  • Security: Air freight is considered the safest method of transport. Thanks to strict security controls, theft and damage are minimised. This is particularly important for high-value or sensitive goods.
  • Reliability: Flight schedules are generally reliable and allow for precise planning. Delays are less frequent than with other transport methods, resulting in fewer disruptions in the supply chain.

Looking over the horizon

The air cargo industry is constantly changing and innovations such as drone technology and automation could play an increasingly important role in the near future. Despite challenges such as the need for sustainable practices and reducing CO2 emissions, air cargo remains an indispensable part of the global economy. Its advantages in terms of speed, security and reliability make it an indispensable method of transport for a wide range of goods and commodities. With increasing globalisation and the rapid growth of e-commerce, the importance of air freight will continue to grow.

Do you have questions about air freight or would you like to make use of our air freight services? We will be happy to advise you personally!

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