The state of air cargo and global trade

The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and humanitarian crisis, and it is also an economic shock. We will be providing weekly updates throughout the COVID-19 crisis on air cargo capacity changes based on actual flight movements.

With our comprehensive, reliable and up-to-date demand and supply databases, Seabury Consulting, now part of Accenture's travel industry practice, is able to provide insights and data on air, express and ocean freight demand and capacity on a global basis.

Global air cargo capacity increased across freighters and widebody belly, up 2% vs. the previous two weeks

Global widebody belly capacity has steadily increased in the last three months.

International air cargo capacity, Feb 2020-Sept 2021

Note: Direct international capacity only; All freighters and widebody passenger aircraft only; 1) Comparing the weeks of 23 Aug-Sep 5 2021 to the same weeks in 2019; 2) Comparing the last two weeks available versus the previous two weeks.

Source: Seabury Cargo Capacity Tracking database, Seabury Cargo, Accenture analysis (September 2021)

Shanghai PVG Air cargo capacity has dropped ~30% in the last five weeks due to handling manpower constraints

Airline freighters showed both the largest absolute and relative decrease.

Shanghai PVG Air cargo capacity

Note: Comparing capacity between Aug 30-Sep 5 to capacity between July 26-August 1; All international freighter capacity and widebody belly capacity.

Source: Seabury Cargo Capacity Tracking database, Seabury Cargo, Accenture analysis (September 2021)



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