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In September, freight tonne kilometres soared 9.2 percent year-on-year compared to the corresponding month in 2016, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA).

This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months.

African carriers posted the largest year-on-year increase in demand of all regions during the month under review, with freight volumes rising 17.7 percent.

Commenting on the figures, Alexandre de Juniac, CEO, IATA, explained, “ […] While [growth] is slower than in previous months, it remains stronger than anything we have seen in recent memory. But there are signs that this demand spurt may have peaked. So it becomes even more important to reinforce the industry's competitiveness by accelerating the modernisation of its many antiquated processes.”