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 operated by both freighters (+2%) and widebody belly (+1%) increased in the last two weeks

Global widebody belly capacity remains up, even after the summer leisure season.

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 20 Sep – 3 Oct 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 (October 2021)

Large bird flu outbreak has put local South Korean egg production off the boil

Bird flu outbreak led to significant egg imports into South Korea by air, mostly from USA.

Bird flu impact on egg imports

Source: Seabury Cargo Global Air Trade database (USA dataset), Seabury Cargo, Accenture analysis (October 2021)

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