Asia- Pacific carriers saw cargo demand grow by 5.2% year-on-year. The strength of this performance is exaggerated by a comparison to a particularly weak April 2013. Ongoing weakness in Chinese manufacturing activity is likely to impact air freight demand in the coming months, and export volumes in emerging Asian markets have been in continuous decline throughout 2014. Capacity rose 7.8%. Middle Eastern carriers reported that air cargo demand expanded 8.7% compared to the previous April. This is slightly slower growth compared to previous months, but still easily the strongest growth of any region. Carriers are benefitting from the upswing in developed economies, and increased volumes from emerging markets in Asia and Africa. Capacity was up 8.1%.