Using industry’s traditional way of measuring load factors solely by weight, the average load factor for September 2020 was 47%, according to CLIVE. However, the same data from airlines calculated taking into account both weight and volume reveals a more accurate and realistic dynamic load factor of 70%.
Dynamic load factor versus weight load factor
Steven Polmans, Chair of TIACA’s Board of Directors, is leading the call for change: “So many business decisions in air cargo industry are influenced by the perceptions of cargo load factors which do not show the true figures. Adopting the dynamic load factor will enable cargo professionals and stakeholders to make informed decisions based on timely and more accurate data.”