Air Freight Rising Demand & Disruption

November 10, 2021

Air Freight Rising Demand & Disruption

 

Much has been made about ocean freight and European road freight delays this year, but the air freight industry is also feeling the pressure of rising demand and supply disruption.

Air freight around the globe is struggling under the pressure of high demand, along with disruption from lower availability, over capacity warehouses, labour shortages and Covid related restrictions.

Major hubs throughout Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Brussels and Frankfurt, are suffering with congestion issues for a variety of reasons, and waiting times are protracted.

Significant delays are often being experienced at London Heathrow, which have at times brought about drastic measures. Some airline sheds are sending breakdown freight to Gatwick and back, meanwhile airlines have had to divert occasional flights to avoid disruption.

US airports have been impacted by issues resulting from the pandemic, and many of their trade lanes are desperately short of warehousing space.

The busy retail season has ensured that demand has been especially high of late, as we approach Black Friday and Christmas. However, the ‘boom’ is expected to continue long into 2022, or at least until passenger flights return to capacity and the ocean freight market settles down.

Atlantic Pacific are continuing to expand and enhance our air freight divisions and global services throughout our UK & Irish offices. For more information on our unique supply chain capabilties, then please do not hesitate to contact one of the team.

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