Maersk Air Freight, in partnership with Air Cargo News highlights global trends and market dynamics shaping air cargo in 2024.

Quick preview of the webinar conducted by Air Cargo News in partnership with Maersk Air Freight that discusses ongoing trends.

Reliability – the keyword in a chaotic year

The air cargo sector is undergoing a demand slowdown due to global macroeconomic conditions. Post-Covid normalisation as well as global geopolitical crises, most notably in the form of military conflicts, have been the root cause.

Looking ahead, there is little confidence that this situation will improve drastically in the near term. This is partly due to rising interest rates and the termination of key government support programmes.

With customer demands getting more nuanced, a high level of flexibility seems to be the need of the hour. Air freight operators need to be nimble and provide solutions that lower operating costs and save time.

Here’s a quick fly-by of air cargo trends in 2024

The air freight sector is expected to undergo some uncertainty in 2024. This, in part, is due to various geopolitical issues and market dynamics. Here's a quick look at some of them.

Agility flow pictogram

Capacity normalisation

In terms of capacity, Asia Pacific continues to see a lower demand compared with pre-pandemic levels. While recovery is expected to be gradual in 2024, downward pressure on rates may persist through the year. However, Asia Pacific continues to be the manufacturing base of the world, with exports remaining resilient. This enables the region to generate a higher yield than the rest of the world.

Evolving customer requirements

The needs of the customer are getting more complex, and tailor-made solutions are the ask of the day. While cost competitiveness has always been a key factor in air freight, reliability has become a trend that is likely to continue in 2024 due to global supply chain disruptions.

As the industry normalises and pre-pandemic buying behaviour takes over, the market will be governed by longer term contracts between shippers and cargo agents, ranging from monthly to quarterly and up to one-year deals. Spot bookings are likely to take a back seat this year.

Flexibility pictogram


The biggest priority for manufacturers today is mitigating risks due to the uncertain operating climate. Manufacturers are looking to move sourcing of raw materials closer to their destination markets and are in search of resilient logistics partners.

This search for resilience has also driven manufacturers to regionalise their production capacity and look for low-cost economies for their manufacturing needs.

Sustainable delivery pictogram


Sustainability has become an important conversation as ESG guidelines continue to be in the forefront of corporate action. Regulatory changes in Europe and North America require companies to achieve carbon-neutral sustainability by 2050.

Maersk manages to offset its carbon emissions by using our multimodal transport options effectively. By ensuring a part of your journey through land or sea, customers can take advantage of Maersk ECO Delivery solutions to achieve carbon savings.

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