The latest cargo only flights IAG are opening up. Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Singapore and Sao Paulo starting between the 16th – 19th May. They are now operating cargo flights to 6 specific regions. Utilising passenger specc’d aircraft they have joined the throng of airlines making use of their aircraft whilst passenger numbers are almost non-existent.
Overview of cargo only flights by IAG cargo
All destinations are covered in both directions as of 16th May 2020.
- Hong Kong
- Buenos Aires
- Sao Paulo
- Tel Aviv
- Dublin to New York
- Dublin to Chicago
- New York
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
Rating for IAG scheduled flights
IAG have not published a tariff on any of these routes so all routes are rate driven by cargo space. Forwarders are being driven to their account managers at IAG to get flight specific quotes. Similar to Air France, KLM and Lufthansa’s model.
Other carriers are issuing standard tariffs. Set much higher than previous published tariffs they reflect the changing nature of the airfreight industry. Airlines across all countries have confirmed that the volume of flights being offered will not recover to 2019 levels in 2020 or even 2021. They expect it to take several years to recover to pre-covid levels.
Freight forwarders are key to securing routes and space
Some freight forwarders have remained relatively buoyant during this enforced worldwide lock down. John Good Logistics for instance have assisted with regular PPE shipments in from China and other countries. Keeping abreast of routes as they change to ensure that all forms of PPE could be moved into Europe. The UK, Spain, Portugal and Italy having been major destinations at different stages during the past three months.
Working with some of the more obscure and smaller airlines and charter carriers is always challenging. The team we have at John Good Logistics though continues to think outside of the box in relation to carriers and space. As we see PPE movements begin to slow with the stricter regulation on exports out of China and the first FCL boxes arriving to ease the strain the market will change again.Mark Reid , Commercial Manager-Air. John Good logistics.
With the easing lock downs worldwide we anticipate general cargo to start to return although some exporters from Europe will be in for a shock when they realise where rates have moved to whilst the airline industry has been re-positioning themselves. These will come down over time as passengers return but in the short to medium term we anticipate a rating structure above what exporters have been used to.