More than strikes, CAAC warning could deal direct blow to Cathay Pacific Cargo

HONG KONG – The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has just issued what it called a “severe safety warning” to Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific in response to what it perceived as “safety risks recently exposed” by the airline. If enforced, the warning could impact not only flights connecting mainland China, but potentially Cathay flights […]

BRU has first decline in cargo volume in months, which strike may worsen

Today, Brussels Airport (BRU) released its January traffic results, in which volume decreased by 3.2 percent to about 55,000 tonnes, year-over-year. Meanwhile, a planned national strike to affect all of Belgium next week may exacerbate the slowdown. BRU has been gaining steam in its cargo efforts over the last few years, establishing itself as an alternative […]

Atlas pilots protest airline’s relationship with Amazon Air

Yesterday, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings’ (AAWH) pilots – who fly for Amazon Air under a contract between the two companies – demonstrated outside of Amazon headquarters’ in Seattle, just outside of Air Cargo World’s offices. Teamsters Local 1224, which represents the airline’s pilots, maintains that the carrier does not have a sufficient body of pilots […]

Demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, Italy could mean logistics delays

Concurrent labor actions and protests from various logistics sectors’ unions could potentially send ripples through the supply chain in coming weeks, as the trucking strike continues in Brazil, and Canadian Pacific Railways and FedEx experience their own protests from employees. While Brazil’s economy has shown signs of picking up in the first quarter of 2018, […]

French air traffic controllers strike may be put on hold

Following negotiations that went late into the day June 1, the Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne (DSNA) – the agency in charge of air traffic control, communication and information for France – announced that an impending strike scheduled for this week might be cancelled, according to air traffic management organization, Eurocontrol. The news followed closely […]

Hard lessons from the West Coast port crisis

Forwarders’ Forum (from the print edition): When McDonald’s restaurants in Japan could no longer wait for French fries delayed by the West Coast port labor slowdown, the company turned to air cargo, shipping 2,600 tonnes from the United States to Japan. With that, the popular food chain joined other companies affected by the port congestion, […]

Lufthansa Cargo eyes more joint ventures

Building on the success of the 2014 joint venture with Japan’s ANA, Lufthansa Cargo is in talks with other parties interested in a similar arrangement. CEO Peter Gerber spoke at the company’s annual press conference on Thursday, Reuters reported, but said he could not give any other details about which companies he is in talks with […]