Air freight enables nations, regardless of their geographic location, to effectively connect with distant markets and global supply chains quickly and reliably. This is critical to the implementation of international business best practices, including just-in-time inventory management and on-demand production. Air cargo services are a major enabler of economic progress in developing countries, connecting markets across continents. High-value electrical components and perishable goods such as food and flowers are transported around the world, providing strong employment opportunities and sustainable economic growth to regions that benefit from such trade.
Air transport plays a critical role for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), enabling them to overcome infrequent services with vessels or weak land transport infrastructures. Air cargo service routes are seen as regional lifelines or lifelines for these areas. The speed and reliability of aviation is also a critical factor in providing emergency assistance during emergencies caused by natural disasters, famine and war. Airdrops and airdrops are among the first responses of aid organizations to humanitarian crises.
Air cargo also plays a vital role in the rapid delivery of medical supplies and organs for transplantation around the world. According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the greatest economic benefit of improved air cargo connectivity lies in its impact on the long-term performance of the wider economy by improving the overall level of productivity. It opens up new markets, encourages exports and, at the same time, increases competition and choice in the local market from foreign-based producers.