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Air Carrier Schedule, Service Changes Due to COVID-19

As we head into 2021, please be aware that many air carriers have implemented COVID-19 surcharges.

Stay tuned for new key carrier schedules as they are made available.

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Last updated:  February 25, 2021   9:34 AM CST 

As of Nov. 19, increased flight frequencies to Dubai and Male. Learn more.

As of Nov.16, 2020, resumed flights to Nice, France, and Cypress, Greece. Learn more.

Air Belgium

Planned new route to Mauritius, which was due to start in mid-December 2020, will not start until March 30, 2021. Learn more.

Flights to French West Indies suspended until March 1, 2021. Learn more.

Air Canada
Effective Jan. 31, 2021, all flights to Mexican and Caribbean destinations suspended for 90 days. Learn more.

Service to the far north in Yellowknife suspended until further notice.

Review Air Canada Cargo’s latest widebody schedule here.

Air France
On Nov. 16, a new winter schedule, included the return of several global destinations and an increase in flight frequencies. Learn more.

Air India
All flights between India and Canada cancelled.

Air Transat
Following the Canadian government’s request not to travel to Mexico and the Caribbean and the imposition of new quarantine and COVID-19 screening measures, Transat A.T. Inc. has suspended all flights until April 30. Learn more.

Introduced several cancelled, new and resumed international and domestic flights Dec 1. Learn more.

Alaska Air and Alaska Air Cargo
Resumed cargo service to neighbor islands and expand service to Honolulu, Hawaii Nov. 1. Learn more.

A reduced flight schedule is in effect. Check out the latest flight schedules here and the latest embargoes and restrictions here.

Travel restrictions are in place for multiple regions, including:

All Nippon Airways
As of Dec. 1, resumed services to select cities in Asia, Europe and North America. Learn more.

American Airlines
Resuming passenger flights from the United States to Beijing on March 27, 2021. Learn more.

$1/kilogram and $.05/kilogram peak surcharges apply to all shipments.

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.

ANA Cargo
Freighters operating on reduced capacity.

Review reduced flight schedules.

Suspending all international flight and cutting domestic capacity by 84 percent.

Bamboo Airways 
Resuming flights to South Korea Sept. 15. Learn more

British Airways
Passenger flights from London to Hong Kong have been banned from Dec. 12 to Dec 25.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon
Due to continuing COVID-19 impacts, Cathay Pacific likely to reduce cargo operating by 25% in early 2021. Learn more.

Effective Jan. 5, new freighter service between Hong Kong and Riyadh, operating every Tuesday via Dubai. Learn more.

Review the latest flight schedules here.

Introduced a weekly scheduled 747-400F service between Luxembourg (LUX) and Shenzhen (SZX), with an eastbound stopover in Bangkok (BKK) and a westbound return with an additional stopover in Budapest (BUD) beginning Sept. 21.

Cebu Pacific
Gradually resuming some international and domestic flights. Learn more.

China Airlines
No capacity constraints into HKG, ICN or KIX. SIN slightly tightening. No HKG impact from new COVID-19 rules.

Delta Airlines and Delta Cargo
Effective Feb. 13, resumed New York City to Sao Paulo flights. Learn more.

Effective Jan. 18, launching cargo-only flights to Brussels. Learn more.

aunched new, cargo-only flights to India and Europe Nov. 1. Learn more.

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 Jan. 8, A88/A99 Lithium Batteries are no longer permitted as cargo on any DHL flights.

Maintaining delivery services around the world. Review schedule and surcharge updates here

El Al
Gradually resuming international and domestic operations. Learn more.

Effective Feb. 15, 2021, passenger flights to Melbourne are suspended through March 26. Learn more.

Effective Jan. 31, 2021, all direct passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates to the United Kingdom are suspended until further notice. Learn more.

Emirates’ flights to South Africa will remain suspended until Feb. 4, 2021.

Banned from flying into Hong Kong until further notice.

Continuing to resume passenger flights when possible. Review the schedule here (updated daily).

Effective Jan. 25, 2021, will resume flights from the United Kingdom and Ireland to Finland.

IAG Group
IAG Cargo and its sister airline will resume regular passenger-freighter service from Barcelona to Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile, beginning Dec. 22. Learn more.

In October, restarted regular services to five key African cities: Lagos, Cairo, Cape Town, Abuja and Accra. Learn more.

Cut 75 percent of services in April and May. As of March 27, launched cargo-only flights. Click here to learn more.

Iberia Airlines
All flights between Madrid and Shanghai until further notice

In December, operating additional services to London, the United Kingdom, Paris, France and Frankfurt, Germany.

All scheduled international flights, except for certain flights such as those between Australia and New Zealand, are currently suspended, due to government restrictions.

As of Dec. 1, resumed a limited schedule between New Zealand and Australia. Click here to learn more.

Kenya Airways
Effective Feb. 16, Kenya Airways reduced the number of flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to once a week. Learn more.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
As of Jan. 22, 2021, KLM halted all 270 scheduled, weekly long-haul flights to the Netherlands. Learn more.

Korean Air
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

Review the most current operating routes here.

Norwegian Cargo
Announced cancellation of long-haul network Jan. 14. Learn more.

COVID-19 restrictions continue to affect Norwegian’s flight schedule. For the coming period, they will continue to operate 13 domestic routes in Norway. Learn more.

Qantas Airways
All scheduled international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, remain suspended.

Essential domestic, regional and freight connections will be maintained as much as possible. Review service updates.

Qatar Airways
As of Jan. 29, reintroduced flights to Seattle/Tacoma. Learn more.

As of Jan. 18, Qatar Airways resumed flights to Cairo, offering daily service, with plans to resume flights to Alexandria on Jan. 25.

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.

See Ryanair’s Dec. 21 statement on cancelled U.K. flights.

Cut capacity in October by additional 20%. Click here to learn more.

South Africa Airways (SAA)
All flights remain suspended through December 2020. Click here to learn more.

Scoot Airlines
Between December 2020 and January 2021, the airline is canceling service to Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Perth, and increasing frequencies to Penang, Surabaya and Taipei. Learn more.

Singapore Airlines
Singapore Airlines will increase frequencies and reinstate flights to Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Perth, Nagoya and San Francisco between December 2020 and January 2021.

During the same timeframe, the airline is also temporarily suspending services to Penang, Surabaya and Taipei. Learn more.

Southwest Airlines
Now offering cargo services to Aruba, Kona and Hilo, Hawaii, and other international destinations. Learn more.

Suparna Airlines
Resumed freighter service to China with direct flights between Chicago and Shanghai every Wednesday and Saturday.

Swiss and Swiss WorldCargo
The pandemic has heavily impacted the SWISS and Swiss WorldCargo network. Visit their website for the latest flight changes and updates.

TAP Air Cargo
Operations to multiple international gateways  suspended until further notice. Review currently operational routes. 

Thai Airways
Effective March 25, all international flights suspended until further notice

Thai Smile Airways
All international flights remain suspended. Learn more.

Turkish Airlines
Flights from England suspended indefinitely. Learn more.

Resuming flights with new precautions and standards. Please review their website for updated information.

Ukraine International Airlines
Will start gradually rebuilding its network on March 1, 2021, restoring a number of flights that were canceled due to quarantine restrictions. Learn more.

United Airlines
Return to JFK delayed until late March. Learn more.

Visit for the most current flight schedules.

VietJet Air
As of Oct. 6, 100% of domestic network resumed. Learn more.

Effective Sept. 16, resumed some international flights. Learn more.

WestJet Group
Operations to St. John’s, N.L., London, Ontario, and Lloydminster and Medicine Hat, Alberta, suspended from March 19 until June 24, 2021. Learn more.

Temporarily ceasing international flying to 14 destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean in response to a request from the Government of Canada. Learn more.

Ocean Carrier Updates

Last updated:  February 25, 2021   10:32 AM CST 

Transpacific carriers aim to cut free time 2021, 2022
Following the record-breaking transpacific container backlogs and shortages of 2020, ocean carriers are looking to cut down on free time in their 2021-2022 contracts. The change is likely to result in shippers adjusting warehouse operations or accepting higher per diem charges.

US port delays result in blanked APAC sailings
Hapag-Lloyd recently informed customers that schedule disruptions due to delays at U.S. seaports had forced the carrier to cancel 21 sailings bound for APAC in February.

The carrier, along with its THE alliance partners (Ocean Network Express, Yang Ming, and HMM), recommends importers anticipate even tighter capacity in the coming months.

Due to port delays, 21 February sailings to APAC are canceled. Learn more.

Due to quarantine restrictions, suspending multiple feeders to South China from mid January through late February. Learn more.

Equipment shortages and increased demand continue to result in congestion and delays at multiple ports around the world. Maersk expects this trend to continue through Q1. Learn more.

Introducing surcharges on eastbound, transpacific less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments, effective Jan. 27. Learn more (opens a PDF).

Due to market demand volatility and operational challenges caused by the pandemic, including congestions across global supply chains, Maersk implemented several changes to its network in January 2021. Learn more.

Due to quarantine restrictions, suspending barge service from Zhongshan/Huangpu/Jiangmen to Hong Kong from Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, and barge service from Zhongshan International to Nansha from Jan. 19 through Feb. 22.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC)
On Jan. 6, 2021, MSC announced structural changes to its transpacific network. Learn more.

Due to quarantine restrictions, suspending international feeders to Hong Kong from mid January through the end of February.

ONE (Ocean Network Express)
As a result of lack of feeder capacity, due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, restricting bookings for South China ports from Jan. 5 until Feb. 26. Ports include Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Fujian.

As a result of lack of feeder capacity, due to COVID-19 quarantine rules, suspending bookings for South China ports from Jan. 11 until Feb. 23.


Effective March 19, 2021, ZIM will implementing the following detention free time and charges applicable to both import and export shipments to/from the US: 

Free Time* (in business days)

  • Standard and High Cube Containers (All Sizes): 4 Business Days 
  • Refrigerated Containers (All Sizes): 3 Business Days 
  • Special Equipment (Flat Rack, Open Top, Tank, Hanger): 3 Business Days 

Detention Charges (in calendar days, after free time expiration)

  • Standard and High Cube Containers (All Sizes): 
    • Day 1-4: $150
    • Day 5-8: $200
    • Day 9+: $220 
  • Refrigerated Containers (All Sizes) 
    • Day 1-3: $350 
    • Day 4+: $440 
  • Special Equipment (Flat Rack, Open Top, Tank, Hanger) 
    • Day 1-4: $260 
    • Day 5+: $350 

* Free Time is calculated in business days including day of interchange, e.g. for a standard container, day of interchange is free, second day is free, third day is free, fourth day is free, and on fifth day charges apply. 


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