IAG Cargo reports dip in volumes during 2018

IAG Cargo reported full year 2018 commercial revenues of just under €1.2bn, an increase of 7.2% on 2017 at constant currency, and said that 2019 looks set to be “a more challenging year”, with airfreight capacity growth outpacing demand increases.

Overall yield for the year was up 8.1% at constant currency. Sold tonnages at the cargo division of British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and bmi were up 0.2% to 702,000 tonnes and cargo tonne kilometres volumes edged down 0.9% to 5,713 CTKs, while capacity grew by 3.8%.

IAG Cargo seeks a challenging year ahead

IAG Cargo chief executive Lynne Embleton said: “2018 saw our business delivering record revenues in a market that became more challenging as the year went on. Growth in our Constant Climate and Critical products contributed to a notable year for the business and helped differentiate IAG Cargo’s customer offering.

“Revenues from our Constant Climate product have increased by 9%, and we have invested in a new multi-million-euro Good Distribution Practice certified Constant Climate Centre in Madrid to help meet growing demand for pharmaceutical shipments, in particular to the South American market.

Critical consignment volumes grew by 35%

The importance of our Constant Climate service was highlighted in August when we transported over 5.3 tonnes of the diphtheria vaccine to Venezuela to fight an outbreak of the disease.”

Embleton continued: “In July we launched a new Critical Service Centre with a specialised customer service team dedicated to serving customers of our highest priority, non-off-loadable product. Our Critical consignment count grew by 35%, supporting must-fly shipments of products including aerospace and machinery parts, in-demand retail products, and technology components.

Rebranding in 2018 highlighted strength of the IAG Group

“Our 2018 global rebrand brought our carriers together under one brand, highlighting the strength of our network with 350+ destinations. Our network grew capacity on key routings into Latin America as well as adding a new destination between London and Nashville. The strong growth across our hubs was supported by additional Aer Lingus capacity out of Dublin, carrying pharmaceuticals, automotive and aviation parts, and a popular local beer.”

IAG Cargo’s online booking platform contributes to growth figures

She added: “We have also invested heavily in IAGCargo.com, with a significant increase in online bookings and the addition of a new in-house web development team that works closely with customers to make monthly improvements to our website. Our FORWARD.REWARDS programme helped us substantially grow our SME revenue, and membership continues to grow to nearly 1500 members worldwide.

“2019 looks set to be a more challenging year, with airfreight capacity growth outpacing growth in demand. Our focus on customer service, products and technology will allow us to continue developing our business as we seek to become the carrier of choice for customers worldwide.”