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IATA sees good things ahead for air freight in a post-Covid world

THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects high air cargo demand will continue to improve as the vaccine rollout progresses and bellyhold services pick up, reports London's Air Cargo News

13 May 2021 - 19:00
THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects high air cargo demand will continue to improve as the vaccine rollout progresses and bellyhold services pick up, reports London's Air Cargo News.

IATA director general Willie Walsh said airlines 'deserve great credit' for pivoting their business focus away from passenger operations and towards air freight.



'Airlines demonstrated great agility in responding to demand to ensure that there was sufficient supply to meet critical supply chain issues during the pandemic,' he said.



Mr Walsh said passenger services will pick up while the global vaccine rollout progresses, and airlines will 'shift from survival mode to rebuilding'.



'As that happens, we'll continue to be very focused on the environmental issues that have not in any way bated since we've gone through this crisis,' he said.



Said IATA chief economist Brian Pearce: 'Shippers and companies need air cargo to rapidly transport components and final products to market as the global economy recovers. This has had a positive impact on the cargo tonne km flow.'



Mr Pearce said air cargo's recovery from the pandemic is 'good' and air freight services remain in strong demand.


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