Air Canada announced plans to cancel several flights to popular vacation spots, known as “sun destinations”, in light of the recently worsening pandemic. Affected destinations include: Antigua, Aruba, Samaná, Curaçao, Exuma, Grenada, Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Havana, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
East West Aeronautical LLC has begun plans for an air cargo and aviation complex at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease in New Hampshire, US. The current design includes plans for an air cargo processing warehouse, a multi-purpose hangar, and more.
Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, US, has secured government funding to help expand its current facilities. Plans will almost triple the airport’s cargo building square footage and expand its cargo facilities by 136 acres.
Flight cancellations remain a huge issue in the US as airports continue to struggle to fill labor gaps left by the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.
Plans to increase cargo capacity by building a “Vertically Integrated Cargo Community” (VICC) at Miami International Airport have been deferred pending more details, vetting, and negotiation.
The “Super Demurrage” fee at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach has been delayed again, this time until 17 January. The fee, which was originally announced in October 2021, was proposed to help reduce container backups at the ports.
Berth capacity at the Ports of New York and New Jersey is tight due to impacts of the holiday season and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant on labor forces. Some ships report wait times of up to four days before they can dock and unload.
On 9 January, Union Pacific Railroad eliminated its peak season surcharges on excess domestic intermodal contract loads, indicating recent improvement in rail congestion levels.
Canada has announced a vaccine mandate for all truck drivers attempting to enter the country. The Canadian Trucking Alliance fears that the mandate, which will take effect on Saturday, may worsen the current truck driver shortage.
Transportation and warehousing saw seasonal employment surge in the holiday season, but according to data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nonseasonal trucking employment remains down.
Labor shortages caused by recent surges in Covid-19 cases are resulting in loading and unloading delays, hitting already-strained trucking capacity hard.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Brazil due to diagnoses of Covid-19 and the flu among crew members. Three major airlines in the country, including Azul Airlines, GOL Intelligent Airlines, and LATAM Airlines, have all been affected.
Columbian airline Avianca announced plans to open seven new routes, including flights to Colombia and Costa Rica.
Air Canada resumed flights between Santiago, Chile and Toronto, Canada this month.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported slower growth for air cargo in 2021, with capacity down 20.1% compared to pre-pandemic levels in Latin America.
Brazil’s Portonave Terminal in Santa Catarina grew 29% 2021. The Port of Navegantes (Portonave) remains the leading container handler in Southern Brazil.
Hong Kong has banned incoming flights from eight countries including India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the US, Australia, the UK, Canada and France from 8 January through at least 22 January.
Representatives of Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) announced that the airport’s fourth phase of expansion will feature a cargo area, along with new terminals, transport facilities, and more.
Import and export operations in Tianjin are experiencing challenges due to a recent increase in Covid-19 cases.
Lockdown restrictions and mass testing requirements continue to cause delays at the Port of Ningbo.
Concerns over the situation are causing some shippers to divert cargo to Shanghai and Xiamen.
Etihad Airways and China’s Henan Province Airport Group have signed an agreement to establish new cargo services between Abu Dhabi International Airport and Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport (CGO), boosting cargo service between the United Arab Emirates and China Mainland.
Israel Aerospace Industries’ “conversion hub” in Abu Dhabi will offer conversions of two popular passenger planes – the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 – into cargo aircraft in the upcoming years.
China United Lines (CU Lines) has announced a new sea service between China and the Middle East. The five-ship service, which launches next week, will connect Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia with the United Arab Emirates via Mumbai.
New waterways are under construction that will connect northeast India with West Bengal to facilitate cargo and passenger movement via Bangladesh.
The government of India plans to build a Regional Rapid transit system to connect Delhi to Hisar. In total, up to ten new railway stations will operate between the Eastern and Western freight corridors of India, passing through Haryana.
Lunar New Year holidays in Asia begin this year on 1 February and continue through 15 February. During this time, factories and businesses in the region may be operating at reduced capacity, and some may even shut down as employees return home to celebrate. For more information about how the Lunar New Year holidays may impact your business, and what steps you can still take to keep your freight moving, click here.
Port congestion continues to impact supply chains, and cargo shipping delays should be expected worldwide.
US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach this week. Among the topics publicly discussed were the $52 million grant for Long Beach’s Pier B on-dock rail facility, federal support to address port congestion, and the bipartisan infrastructure law.