COVID-19: Air Transportation Impact

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In this site, you will find everything you need to know about COVID-19's impact on the airfreight industry and how BDP can help you navigate these turbulent times.

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Recent industry updates:

April 9, 2020

Lufthansa: Cancelling freighter to Johannesburg and Nairobi. 

American Airlines: Will be adding more cargo-only flights to network, DFW to Frankfurt, DFW to Dublin, DFW to Hong Kong, JFK to London.

April 6, 2020

Qatar: Now offering Freighter service 2x per week to Australia, MEL and PER. 

American Airlines: Confirming daily flight operating from DFW to London, 3x per week DFW to Tokyo. 

Delta: Suspending service between ATL and London, as well as JFK-London. Final flight scheduled to depart London on April 6. 

April 3, 2020

Air Canada: Now offering cargo-only capacity from Toronto to Shanghai. 

Singapore Airlines: Now offering limited lower deck capacity for cargo, connecting SIN with various locations:  Americas (LAX), AUSNZ (SYD, MEL, PER), Intra Asia (ICN, NRT, BJS, PVG, TPE, HKG), and Southeast Asia (KUL, HAN, SGN, JKT, MNL, BKK)

Lufthansa: Now accepting bookings to Bombay, India. 

April 2, 2020

United Airlines: Now offering service direct cargo-only to Shanghai from Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. 

Cargolux: Has removed for time being following destinations from their flight schedule: ABJ/ACC/ASB/BKO/BQN/BZV/CAI/DLA/FBM/FIH/JNB/LOS/NBO/NDJ/OUA/PHC/SCL/UIO (South Africa/Africa and Latam destinations).

April 1, 2020

Australia / New Zealand: Airlines canceling allocations and bookings into AUSNZ due to severe freight backlog. Other airlines have canceled all PAX service.

March 31, 2020

American Airlines: AA is now opening up more cargo-only routes. Newest service DFW to FRA will start operating this week. This is in addition to current service from DFW to London, MIA to London, and DFW to Tokyo. 

TAP Portugal: Suspending all North America operations effective April 1 through May 4. 

Qatar Airways: Qatar will resume scheduled bellyhold cargo operations to China with the utilization of its passenger aircraft to six cities:  Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Hangzhou. 

March 27, 2020

Iceland Air: All passenger flights cancelled until further notice.

South African Airways: Cancelled all passenger flights ex-US until May 31.

Cathay Pacific: All flights to India are cancelled due to India's government restrictions.

LATAM Airlines: Cancelling ORD to VCP freighter.

AeroMexico: Suspending freighter operations until further notice.

March 26, 2020

South Africa: Transportation and ancillary services such as customs and other border agencies remain operational. There may be delays due to reduced vehicle capacity and the priority to move food and medicinal goods.

March 25, 2020

New Zealand: Transportation and ancillary services such as customs and other border agencies remain operational. There may be delays due to reduced vehicle capacity and the priority to move food and medicinal goods.

India: Airports are operating with limited resources for flight and loading and offloading at the terminal. Cargo movement in and out from terminal is only permitted for essential cargo as stipulated.

March 23, 2020

Cathay Pacific: Will reduce passenger capacity by 96%.  Cathay Pacific will operate three flights per week to 12 destinations: London (Heathrow), Los Angeles, Vancouver, Tokyo (Narita), Taipei, New Delhi, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore and Sydney.  Cathay Dragon will operate three flights per week to 3 destinations: Beijing, Shanghai (Pudong), and Kuala Lumpur. 

Qatar Airways: Announced that cargo capacity commitments, block space agreements, and allocations can no longer be guaranteed. 

Turkish Airlines: Suspension of 80% of passenger flights, freighters will continue.

The situation is rapidly evolving. Airlines and countries are releasing new alerts and regulations daily. For a full running list of industry updates, please click here.

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