Airlines divert flights from Iran and Iraq airspace after missile attacks

(Bloomberg)–Airlines around the world diverted flights from the airspace over Iran, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf after Tehran fired more than a dozen missiles at U.S. forces in the region. In the wake of the attack, carriers ranging from Singapore Airlines Ltd. and Qantas Airways Ltd. to Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG have said […]

Fire halts air traffic to Norway’s Stavanger Airport

A fire broke out in the massive parking garage of Norway’s Stavanger Airport (SVG) causing the airport to close yesterday evening at 5 p.m. local time. All flights to SVG were either cancelled or rerouted to nearby airports, such as Haugesund (HAU), as a result. Flights to the airport today have resumed mostly normal traffic […]

Atlas Air to operate 747F for El Al between Liege and Tel Aviv

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ Atlas Air subsidiary will operate a 747-400 freighter for El Al Israel Airlines under a new leasing agreement beginning this month. The freighter will add capacity on “significant routes” for El Al, and particularly on the route between Belgium’s Liege Airport (LGG) and Tel Aviv (TLV), according to a statement from […]

British Airways embargoes dog shipments

British Airways has temporarily suspended bookings for transporting dogs as cargo on flights. The carrier announced the news after a dog was found to have been carried in the wrong sized crate, according to local British media. The airline is currently investigating the incident, during which time it will not accept bookings for dogs to […]

Airports’ November volumes signal potential turning point for industry

Airports across the world have released information on November cargo volumes, showing improvements to volumes to end a difficult year. Although the seasonal uptick in volume during the holidays is to be expected, IATA pointed out in its monthly trend report that load factors’ steady improvement by 2 to 2.5 percentage points from August to […]

Cargolux increases fuel surcharge to highest level since 2018

Luxembourg-based cargo carrier Cargolux announced an increase in its fuel surcharge to €0.70 per kilo, the highest surcharge since December 2018. The change goes into effect for all shipments as of Jan. 13, 2020, according to the carrier’s announcement, and reflects increased fuel costs for Cargolux. Lower oil prices in 2019 contributed to lower surcharges […]

Jet fuel prices spike following the airstrike death of Iranian general

Following the news that the United States government killed Iran’s General Qasem Soleimani, widely regarded as the second-most powerful figure in the country, in a Friday morning airstrike at the Baghdad International Airport (BGW), Brent crude traded at US$68.65, up more than 3.6% from yesterday, having earlier spiked to an intraday high of $69.16. CNBC […]

SF Express seeks to expand Indian market base with new service

SF Airlines, SF Express’ carrier arm, has launched a second direct cargo flight to India, this time connecting Shenzhen (SZX) to New Delhi (DEL), effective as of Dec. 31, 2019. The new service operates twice weekly onboard the company’s 747-400 freighter aircraft with capacity for around 400 tonnes of cargo weekly. The new SZX-DEL route […]

Dimerco investment in Elanders Group subsidiary aimed at expanding global ops

Taiwan-based Dimerco Express Group has announced a joint venture with a 25% investment in Swedish public company Elanders Group’s German subsidiary ITG Air & Sea GmbH, effective Jan. 1, 2020. The subsidiary investment is intended to allow both companies to expand their 25-year-long business cooperation in support of growing their respective global operations. ITG Air […]

India considers lowering state taxes on jet fuel

Various state governments in India said they will consider lowering state taxes on jet fuel, according to notes from a high-level meeting held Monday between civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri and representatives of various state governments.   The tentative plans would assist Indian airlines in grappling with high fuel prices, the largest roadblock to […]

Consultant Insight: Will 2020 be life changing or mean life support for air cargo?

Will 2020 begin with improving air cargo volumes? It’s possible, especially with easier year-over-year volume comparisons. According to IATA data, December 2018 marked the beginning of international freight tonne kilometers (FTK) declines that lasted through at least October 2019 (latest data available), except for March when FTKs increased by a paltry 0.1%. There are a […]
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