Carrier Impact Updates
As AIT’s transportation logistics experts continue to develop solutions for customers importing or exporting from affected regions, please note that the State Health Organization places shipment priority, including import customs clearance, on medical supplies.
Stay tuned for new key carrier schedules as they are made available.
Air Carrier Routes Suspended Due to COVID-19
Last updated: September 15, 2020 8:35 AM CST
Resumed flights from Moscow to Geneva (Switzerland) August 15, at a reduced frequency of one Saturday flight per week. See the schedule.
Due to international travel restrictions, cancelled several international flights through August. Review the list of locations here.
Resumed regular flights to/from London and Istanbul August 1, and to/from Antalya August 10.
Offering three weekly ORD-MOW flights, with optional backhauls to Europe and one weekly ORD-AMS.
ATL-LGG flights depart Wednesday and Sunday.
Flights from Russia to ORD via the European Union aren’t expected to be operational until August at the earliest.
Operating scheduled passenger widebody flights between LAX and YYZ.
Scheduled passenger widebody service from YYZ to LHR, CDG, FRA, HKG, PVG.
On August 15, introduced a new YYZ-DEL route, which runs three times a week.
Now operating at 36 destinations in Africa, including NBO. Capacity opportunity markets as of August 19 include LHR, MAD, DXB, SCL, BRU, SIN and JNB.
Back to six freighter frequencies with two stops in PIK and one in DUB.
Current flight schedule up to date through August 31, 2020. Gradually increasing flight schedule and number of destinations, particularly in metropolitan France, French overseas territories and Europe. By the end of July, this new flight program will represent approximately 35 percent of usual capacity during the same period, aiming for 40 percent in August.
All flights between India and Canada cancelled.
Introduced several new and resumed international and domestic flights August 24. Learn more.
Cargo service is temporarily suspended to the following cities until at least Oct. 1:
- Kahului (OGG)
- Kailua (KOA)
- Lihue (LIH)
- Mazatlán (MZT)
- Zihuatanejo (ZIH)
All Nippon Airways
Due to reduced demand, further reduced flights on August 25. Learn more.
$1/kilogram and $.05/kilogram peak surcharges apply to all shipments.
In mid August, added JFK to CDG, LHR, MAD and GRU, as well as PHL to AMS, DUB, FCO, FRA, MXP and ZRH.
All flights to Hong Kong remain suspended.
Now flying up to 360 weekly widebody flights around the world. Review the schedule.
New cargo booking policy went into effect May 1. Learn more.
Flights schedules change often due to COVID-19. For details, click here.
Freighters operating on reduced capacity.
Review reduced flight schedules.
Suspending all international flight and cutting domestic capacity by 84 percent
Resuming flights to South Korea Sept. 15. Learn more.
Operating daily, direct service from the United States to both DUB and LHR with available connections to the United Kingdom and Europe, including: AMS, ATH, CDG, DME, FRA, HEL, MAD, MAN, OSL, PRG and ZRH. Long-haul fights include BOM, DXB, EZE, GRU, HKG, HYD, ICN, JNB, MEX, NRT, PEK, PVG, and SIN.
In July, added IAH-LHR and LHR-BKK routets and increased capacity for LHR-BOS, LHR-EZE and LHR-GRU.
Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon
Capacity into HKG from the United States is tightening due to some carriers pulling out of the market. This is also impacting capacity to secondary destinationsm such as SIN and ICN.
Capacity opportunity markets as of mid August are BKK, CAN, CGO, CKG, CTU, DAC, FOC, HAN, HKG, KIX, MAA, NRT, PEK, PVG, TPE,and XMN. Learn more.
Gradually resuming some international and domestic flights. Learn more.
No capacity constraints into HKG, ICN or KIX. SIN slightly tightening. No HKG impact from new COVID-19 rules.
Delta Airlines and Delta Cargo
Significant capacity additions planned for late September through end of October into most major markets in Western Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia.
Effective July 8, service suspended indefinitely for 11 U.S. cities as well as Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Learn more.
As of May 13, service to the following U.S. stations is suspended until further notice: Chicago (MDW); Akron/Canton, Ohio (CAK); White Plains, New York (HPN); Newburgh, New York (SWF); Newport News, Virginia (PHF); Providence, Rhode Island (PVD), Manchester, New Hampshire (MHT); Oakland, California (OAK); Hollywood, California (BUR); Long Beach, California (LGB). Click here for more information regarding Delta’s metro consolidation plans.
Effective April 13, Delta Cargo’s O’Hare daily office hours for acceptance, delivery, trucking, and import pick-up are reduced to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Delta Cargo is adjusting operating hours for warehouses, DASH offices and the Cargo Customer Service Center. To see the hours of DASH offices and global warehouses, visit Worldwide Locations on deltacargo.com.
The Cargo Customer Service Center will operate from 6 a.m. - 12:30 a.m., 7 days a week, effective April 4, 2020 until further notice.
Service between Atlanta and São Paulo suspended starting April 3.
As of March 26, suspending all service level guarantees on DASH, DASH Heavy, DASH Critical and Critical.
Maintaining delivery services around the world. Review schedule and surcharge updates here.
Extendingsuspension of most operations through September 30, including to Moscow, Mumbai, and most destinations in Europe. A limited number of international flights will be available out of Tel Aviv. Learn more.
Now serving IKA, PVG, BKK, LAX, GRU, AID, UIO and AMS. New routes through DXB include PVG, BKK, LAX, GRU, IAD, BGW, SIN, SGN, and DAC Continuing to resume passenger flights when possible. Review the schedule here (updated daily).
Restarted North America network with IAD flights August 7, and increased capacity and frequencies to ORD, JFK and YYZ.
No capacity constraints. HKG, SIN and ICN open. Opportunity destinations as of mid August include KUL, PEN and PVG.
Several temporary peak surcharges effective June 8. Learn more.
Effective April 6, FedEx and its subsidiary TNT International are placing surcharges on all international parcel and freight shipments. Learn more.
Money-back guarantee for delayed guaranteed service shipments suspended until further notice. Expect service impacts on both inbound and outbound shipments. Click here for FedEx news and service alerts.
Cut 75 percent of services in April and May. As of March 27, launched cargo-only flights. Click here to learn more.
All flights between Madrid and Shanghai until further notice
All scheduled international flights, including flights between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended until at least the end of October 2020, due to government restrictions.
Essential domestic, regional and freight connections will be maintained as much as possible. Click here to learn more.
All incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic to and from Kenya cancelled until further notice. Click here for more information.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Now operating at 36 destinations in Africa, including NBO.
Capacity opportunity markets as of August 19 include LHR, MAD, DXB, SCL, BRU, SIN and JNB.
Continuing to operate full freighter schedule and offer charter options for cargo.
No capacity constraints. ICN, SIN, HKG, KIX, BKK, HAN, CAN, TSN, PVG, XIY, CGO, SZX, WUH and XMN are open capacity.
Cut 80 percent of flight services, temporarily grounding 100 of 145 aircraft. For more information on affected routes, visit koreanair.com.
Capacity opportunities as of mid August include United States to GRU, GIG, LIM, BOG, SCL, EZE and VCP, particularly flights originating in MIA.
Freighter service from Chicago O’Hare to São Paulo, which may include connections to Santiago and Buenos Aires, is cancelled.
In August, announced additional belly capacity via Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. Both subsidiaries are ramping up capacity from several key U.S. markets: resuming service from ORD, EWR, and IAD to VIE.
On August 31, Brussels Airlines will resume direct service from JFK to BRU.
Beyond Europe, Brussels Airlines resumes service to its extensive network in Africa throughout August.
Austrian Airlines offers additional capacity to Bangkok with its direct VIE-BKK service starting August 1.
Announced a permanent 10 percent capacity cut on April 7, reducing fleet size, capacity at Frankfurt and Munich airports and discontinuing discount airline Germanwings. Learn more.
Beginning March 19, announced cut backs in all flight operations, grounding 700 of 763 planes.
Operating from LGW to GIG, SFO on limited days. Click here for details.
As of mid August, capacity bottleneck out of ICN due to routing changes.
As of August 10, Qantas Freight’s Melbourne freight terminals remain closed in response to advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
All scheduled international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, are suspended.
Essential domestic, regional and freight connections will be maintained as much as possible.
Rates and capacity offered or given for flights after March 21 are withdrawn, and any additional freight capacity on remaining services is offered on a space available, “first come, first served” basis.
Continuing to add capacity to various points around the globe each week. In August, announced the return of passenger frequencies to/from JFK, as well as ad hoc Europe capacity via MST and LUX, with RFS connections to AMS, BRU, CDG, FRA and other major European hubs.
Freighters continue to operate globally with additional capacity added on a weekly basis, as passenger flights are suspended and cancelled as needed. Click here for details.
Operating 1,000 daily flights across European networkap—approximately 40 percent of typical July capacity. Click here to learn more.
South Africa Airways (SAA)
All international operations suspended through September 2020. Click here to learn more.
Monday promotional rates reinstated as of August.
Now operating SFO-CHP every Monday and Friday.
Operating five flights per week from Newark and Chicago to Copenhagen with scheduled trucks to MMX, GOT, ARN, OSL and BLL. Click here to learn more.
All flights to/from China cancelled
Capacity constrains into SIN, HKG and KIX.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir increased the frequency of selected services in their passenger network in August and September 2020, and reinstated flights to Cebu, Milan, Phnom Penh and Taipei. Review flight schedules here.
As of May 15, there is an embargo on standard, inbound-only shipments to Charlotte (CLT), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Seattle (SEA), and San Juan (SJU), until further notice. All other products are still available for shipments to these locations.
Please visit www.swacargo.com prior to tendering for facility hours and current flight information.
Effective March 25, suspending road feeder service for JFK and MIA until further notice.
Effective March 31, service level guarantees suspended on all products until further notice.
The 6.25 percent Federal Excise Tax previously assessed on every shipment will not apply between March 28 and December 31.
Effective March 23, will cease flights to international destination until further notice.
Effective March 24, flights offered by Hawaiian Airlines suspended until further notice. For more information visit hawaiianaircargo.com.
Visit www.swacargo.com for current flight information.
Resumed freighter service to China with direct flights between Chicago and Shanghai every Wednesday and Saturday.
Swiss and Swiss WorldCargo
Boston/JFK to/from Zurich/Geneva cancelled. Click here for more information.
TAP Air Cargo
50 percent surcharge on all shipments originating from the United States.
Normal schedule will be maintained to all U.S. gateways except Chicago and San Francisco. Operations to these gateways are suspended until further notice.
Effective March 25, all international flights suspended until further notice
Thai Smile Airways
All flights to/from China cancelled
Turking Cargo offering freighter flights from Istanbul to BRU, LGG, CDG, FRA, MXP, AMS, MST, OPO, BCN, MAD, BSL and ZRH.
Nearly all Turkish Airlines passenger flights remain cancelled.
Capacity opportunities as of mid August include SYD and MEL via LAX or SFO, GRU and SCL. Express destinations include AMS, BRU, CDG, DUB, FCO, FRA, LUR, MUC, MXP, ZRH, BOM, DEL, ICN, SIN, HKG, HND, NRT, PEK and PVG.
Visit unitedcargo.com for the most current flight schedules.
Money-back guarantees and signature notifications suspended until further notice. Expect service impacts on both inbound and outbound shipments. Click here for UPS news and service alerts.
Not accepting any ad-hoc shipments to Europe or Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport.
Increased cargo-only flights to nearly 600 in June with the launch of new routes, including Beijing and Brussels.
Refer to www.virginatlanticcargo.com for the latest flight schedule information.
Ocean Carrier Updates
Last updated: September 15, 2020 8:33 AM CST
High rates continue, book early
AIT expects the ocean container market to continue to experience high rates through 2020. As multiple blank sailings in October for Golden Week will put further strain on capacity, we strongly urge booking two to three weeks out.
Previously communicated Sept. 15 general rate increase canceled as of Sept. 11. Learn more.
Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC)
To meet rising import demand, introducing a new weekly service from Asia to the U.S. West Coast. Learn more.
Ocean Network Express (ONE)
New general rate increases implemented Sept. 10: $500 per 40 square foot for West Coast and $600 per 40 square foot East Coast.
An increase in COVID-19 infections in South Africa has disrupted port operations in Durban, causing vessel delays to ships operating on South Africa Central service. Learn more.
Effective May 10, a general rate increase will apply to all refrigerated commodities from Canada and the United States to destinations in Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.
THE Alliance announces several September service changes, cancellations
THE Alliance, made up of ocean carriers Hapag-Lloyd, Yang Ming, Ocean Express Network (ONE) and HMM, have announced a raft of service changes for September.
In Asia to North Europe strings, the FP1/FP2/FE2/FE3 will maintain their weekly sailings. The FE4 Extra Loader Program will be continued from week 36 to week 39, with rotation adjusted as follows: Busan, Shanghai, Ningbo, Yantian, Singapore, (Suez Canal), Southampton, Hamburg, Antwerp, Rotterdam, (Suez Canal), Singapore, Hong Kong, Yantian, Shanghai and back to Busan.
In Asia to Mediterranean strings, the MD3 will maintain their weekly sailings. The MD1/MD2 will maintain their weekly sailings in September except for Week 37.
Transpacific east coast (via Panama and Suez Canals) as announced on August 7, the EC1/EC2/EC4/EC5 strings will maintain their weekly sailings. EC3 will be reinstated on week 37 and Week 39. But Week 36 - EC3 will be voided as well on Week 38
On Asia and Middle East strings, Week 36 - AG3 will be voided as will Week 37 - AG2 void. But AG1 will remain merged with AG3.