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.

Widebody passenger belly capacity from the UK to US increased +21% since the US lifted international travel bans

The UK was the only country to show significant growth of Transatlantic widebody belly air cargo capacity.

International air cargo capacity, Feb 2020-Nov 2021

Source: “‘A moment of celebration’: UK flights to US take off from Heathrow”, The Guardian (8 November 2021); Seabury Cargo Capacity Tracking database; Seabury Cargo, Accenture analysis (November 2021)

Air trade from Asia Pacific to the United States reached another record high in September 2021, now 8k tonnes/day

Asia Pacific air imports have concentrated at freighter hubs Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX)

Monthly air trade from Asia Pacific to USA and Eastbound Transpacific air trade by catchment area

Note: 1) Comparing 2019 Jan-Sep with 2021 Jan-Sep

Source: Seabury Cargo Global Air Trade database; Seabury Cargo, Accenture analysis (November 2021)



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