Compared to April 2019, the global dedicated freighter capacity rose 26.2 per cent in April 2021 and had a 38.5 per cent decrease in belly capacity.
African airlines recorded their fourth consecutive month of growth with an increase of 30.6 per cent in international CTK for April 2021.
Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for international air cargo increase 9.2 per cent during the same time, but international capacity was down 18.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, European carriers posted an 11.4 per cent demand increase while international capacity fell 17.5 per cent for April.
North American airlines posted a 25.6 per cent increase in international CTK for April, which was largely influenced by US consumers' purchase activity.
Latin American airlines fell 32.7 per cent in international cargo volumes in April while international capacity dropped 52.5 per cent.
'Air cargo continues to be the good news story for the air transport sector. Demand is up 12 per cent on pre-crisis levels and yields are solid,' said IATA director general Willie Walsh.
'Some regions are outperforming the global trend, most notable carriers in North America, the Middle East, and Africa. Strong air cargo performance, however, is not universal. The recovery for carriers in the Latin American region, for example, is stalled,' said Mr Walsh.