Global air freight demand up 9.8 percent

Global air freight demand ended 2016 with strong December growth of 9.8 percent, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Wednesday but warned that protectionist measures could hamper world trade.

“In terms of demand, 2016 was a good year for air cargo. That was boosted by solid year-end performance. Looking ahead, strong export orders are good news. But there are headwinds. The most significant is stagnant world trade which also faces the risk of protectionist measures,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.

December demand in Europe rose 16.4 percent and in Africa it grew by 13.6 percent.

Full-year demand rose 3.8 percent with gains in all regions except Latin America.

Available capacity rose by 3.2 percent in December, IATA said.


Fight against piracy

[intro] Fight maritime piracy with military and state-building, say MEPs. [/intro]

MEPs say the fight against piracy off the east-African coast cannot be won by military means alone. In a resolution adopted this week, by 434 votes to 100, with five abstentions, they urge member states to strengthen the EU naval protection force and finance efforts to tackle the causes of piracy. They also call for special courts for pirates. The EU and NATO should coordinate better to meet the growing threat to international vessels from piracy and armed robbery at sea, particularly off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. MEPs deplore the fact that EU countries cut the number of EU NAVFOR vessels from eight to only two or three at the start of 2012 and demand “more naval assets to enable the ATALANTA operation to succeed”.

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