(Reuters) - Growth in air freight demand in 2017 may exceed the current forecast of 7.5 percent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday, after reporting double-digit growth for the fourth month in a row in August.
Demand for global air freight, measured in freight tonne kilometers, rose 12.1 percent in August, driven by a rise in global trade.
Capacity rose more slowly at 4.7 percent, helping to boost the industry-wide load factor, IATA said.
“The current IATA forecast of 7.5 percent growth in air freight demand for 2017 appears to have significant upside potential even if we are approaching a cyclical peak,” the industry body said in a statement.
Reporting by Daria Kowalewska; Editing by Victoria Bryan