The Daily Telegraph - Business

Christ­mas air de­liv­er­ies hit by Covid

- By Lizzy Bur­den Industries · Transportation

CHRIST­MAS de­liv­er­ies are likely to be de­layed this year be­cause of the pan­demic’s im­pact on air travel, ac­cord­ing to cargo ex­perts.

The warn­ing comes on the heels of the new “rule of six” limit on peo­ple meet­ing up, which threat­ens to out­law many fam­ily gath­er­ings over the fes­tive sea­son. The plunge in trav­eller num­bers due to Covid re­stric­tions has sent air freight rates soar­ing and slashed cargo ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional freight ex­perts Fl­ex­port, as air­lines can­cel flights or switch to us­ing smaller planes.

An­other wave of Covid-19 re­stric­tions will also see the price of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment spike again, ac­cord­ing to Fl­ex­port di­rec­tor David Wys­trach, as some items are still trav­el­ling by air. Data col­lected by TAC

In­dex showed that although air freight rates are down from their May peak of $5.88 per kilo for the Hong KongEurope route, they are still higher than Fe­bru­ary’s prepan­demic level of $2.52 per kilo, or than in any year pre2020.

Sim­i­larly, data from Se­abury Con­sult­ing showed that global air cargo ca­pac­ity was still 26pc lower than last year’s level in the fort­night to Aug 29.

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