e-AWB usage hits 34.2% in September

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Electronic air waybill (e-AWB) penetration was 34.2 per cent in September, with the Middle East leading the way as region of origin, at 61.8 per cent, according to the International Air Transport Association’s e-AWB international monthly report.

Asia Pacific handled the most e-AWBs at 127,334, but was ranked fourth for penetration, at 38.4 per cent. Among countries, the US has more than doubled the number of e-AWBs processed in a year, from 31,705 in September 2014 to 68,081 in September 2015.

Hong Kong International Airport processed 66,321 e-AWBs in September, the highest by airport of origin.

By airline, Flydubai had the highest e-AWB penetration, at 99.9 per cent, followed by FedEx at 71 per cent.

Among freight forwarders, Panalpina had the highest penetration at 50.2 per cent, followed by SDV Group at 49.7 per cent. IATA says Cathay Pacific Group handled the most e-AWBs by volume, and had a penetration of 67.7 per cent.

IATA explains in the report it is targeting e-AWB penetration of 45 per cent by December 2015.