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International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported that global air cargo demands climbed in 2016, as shown in the 3.8 percent year-on-year rise in freight tonne kilometres, while capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometres, jumped 5.3 percent.

In December 2016, Middle Eastern carriers recorded an increase of 11.2 percent compared to December 2015, which contributed to an annual increase in demand to 6.9 percent.

Despite this being the second fastest regional growth after Europe, it was the region's slowest pace since 2009 and below the average 12 percent annual rate seen over the past 10 years.

The slowdown was due to weak cargo volumes between the Middle East and Asia as well as Europe.