Air travel demand affecting air cargo capacity

May 14, 2020 – Air Cargo News reported earlier this week that the shift away from passenger air traffic has had an impact on air cargo.

With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and passenger travel plummeting, a dramatic reduction in cargo capacity followed. “As more countries issued ‘stay-at-home’ measures, air cargo demand fell, but not as the same level as capacity. This has resulted in in congestion and increased rates globally,” according to article author, Keith Nehring, Senior Product Development Manager at C.H. Robinson.


Airline focus may change from passenger traffic to that of cargo. Many passenger airlines are using a portion of their fleet for cargo alone. The article goes on to point out that Air Canada is going so far as to remove seats from some aircraft to load cargo on the passenger deck.

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