- Experts predicted that cargo volumes would soar on the transatlantic air freight route as US authorities lifted bans on travelers from Europe. Carriers expanded capacity by adding cargo holding area on passenger aircraft.
- Many airlines will increase flight capacity in the coming months to meet customer and cargo demand for the year-end.
Expectations of experts
Experts predicted that cargo volumes would soar on the transatlantic air freight route as US authorities lifted bans on travelers from Europe. Carriers expanded capacity by adding cargo holding area on passenger aircraft.
“I am pleased to see so many transatlantic flights at this moment. I expect to see more to meet the strong demand increase in December as well as bring more benefits to the air transport business”, CEO of IATA, Willie Walsh, spoke at the world cargo conference in Dublin.
National air transport director at Europa Air & Sea, Andy Serpant, said that they expected to see the possibility to increase the capacity in the coming months to meet passenger and freight demand, especially at the end of the year.
Plans to increase the flights frequency
United Airlines, a major American airline, will add one more daily flight to Newark in November. British Airways also planned to increase the number of flights whose destination in the US to around 250 per week.
American Airlines Cargo confirmed it would increase capacity after announcing new routes between Heathrow and 9 US destinations starting next month.
The airline will operate twice a day from Heathrow to New York and Dallas, one from Heathrow to Boston, Seattle-Tacoma, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago O’Hare and Charlotte. In addition, there are flights between Frankfurt and Charlotte to connect Germany with important production and consumption centers in the southeastern United States.
“These developments are great news for customers in the UK and Europe, where cargo to the US has been greatly reduced by the global shipping industry. COVID-19 outbreak in the past 18 months. We have really strong demand for all sorts of goods, including auto parts, perishables like salmon and flowers, and life science products like pharmaceuticals.”, said Tim Isik, American Airlines Cargo EMEA & APAC sales manager.
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