North American cross-border airfreight flat in April

Freight as valued in USD between the United States, Canada and Mexico bucked trade tensions to increase 1.8% year-over-year during April. However, that gain was realized primarily from oceangoing vessels, pipelines and trucking, while airfreight – making up the smallest overall modal share at $3.8 billion – was flat compared to April 2018.  Despite the dissolution of the North American […]

Transcarga files DOT exemption request for US-Venezuela flights

Earlier this week, Caracas, Venezuela-based carrier Transcarga International Airways filed an exemption request to the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) to enable it to engage in charter cargo service between Venezuela and the U.S. via intermediate points using its leased A300B4 freighter aircraft. According to the filing, Transcarga’s fleet includes two leased A300B4 freighters […]

FedEx drops plans to serve Cuba, citing chilled U.S. relations

In another sign of cooling relations between the United States and Cuba, FedEx Corp. said yesterday that it will no longer pursue scheduled cargo service to the Caribbean island nation, ending a more-than-two-year effort to establish overnight courier service to the former Cold War adversary. According to Bloomberg, FedEx issued a statement on Wednesday, saying […]

The Freight 50: Turbulence ahead for the top cargo carriers?

When economic indicators are grim and airfreight businesses are looking for a turnaround, it’s easier to spot the positive signs of hope in the industry. But when the outlook has been rosy – like it has been for much of the last 18 months for air cargo – carriers may have a tougher time preparing […]

American Airlines launches cargo services to Cuba

We are finally witnessing air cargo operations launch between Cuba and the United States, after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest and United Airlines slots at José Martí International Airport (HAV) after a year of eerie silence surrounding what was initially a hot topic in the air freight world. […]

FedEx locked in bureaucratic battle to operate daily flights to Havana

FedEx is defending its application to operate daily cargo flights between Miami (MIA) and Cuba’s Jose Marti Airport (HAV). The Tennessee-based integrator filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Tuesday, Sept. 26, countering arguments by carriers like JetBlue, which claimed that “FedEx has not adequately demonstrated how its service proposal would generate superior […]

Trump’s new Cuba policy complicates airfreight, bilateral trade plans

Almost one year ago, FedEx was granted permission to operate freighter flights between the U.S. and Cuba by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). FedEx has until October 15, 2017, to inaugurate its U.S./Cuba all-cargo air service, but those plans are in jeopardy now, thanks to a policy change by the Trump administration. In a […]

Western Global granted rights to operate scheduled U.S.-China service

Despite opposition from Atlas Air, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) granted Western Global Airline rights to operate scheduled foreign air transportation of property and mail between any points in the U.S., via any intermediate points, to any point or points in China, and vice versa. Atlas Air had argued that Western Global’s proposed scheduled […]

Economic realities slow U.S. aviation ambitions in Cuba

Following an epidemic of delays and capacity reductions by American carriers, FedEx has filed for a six-month extension to inaugurate U.S.- Cuba scheduled, all-cargo air services. The Memphis-based integrator cited “inextricable dynamics, such as securing and establishing business relationships with Cuban service providers, in relation to air operations support services, customs clearance, and ground/delivery operations.” […]

Air cargo flies high as EU airports post bumper numbers

Starting with the latest numbers from IATA, which wrap up the reporting on November’s performance, the upward trend in air cargo has been confirmed once again. Global airfreight markets registered high demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), that rose by 6.8 percent in November 2016, compared to the same month in the previous year. […]

AirBridgeCargo granted U.S. routes as foreign airlines file for access

A ruling by the Unites States Department of Transportation (DOT) granted AirBridgeCargo Airlines the rights to operate “scheduled foreign air transportation of property and mail” between the Russian Federation and the American cities of Seattle, Columbus, Boston, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. AirBridgeCargo already operates flights to the U.S., including weekly freighter service departing Houston […]

Silk Way West wins U.S. foreign carrier permit

After a two-year bureaucratic battle with a rival carrier, Silk Way West Airlines has been granted a foreign carrier air permit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), allowing the carrier to offer both scheduled and chartered cargo flights between Baku and New York’s JFK Airport. The Azerbaijani carrier’s 2014 application was initially opposed by National […]

New U.S.-Mexico aviation agreement to start Aug. 21

The United States and Mexico exchanged diplomatic notes late last week to bring into force the new Air Transport Agreement, which the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) anticipates will “significantly increase future trade and travel” between the two countries. The deal, set to go into effect on Aug. 21, will open up new routes between […]
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