Union slams ‘unnecessary’ Swissport layoffs

The GMB trade union has accused airport handling company Swissport of pressing ahead with mass redundancies from 31 October and ignoring calls to furlough them instead. It says that the redundancies were announced before the Government’s belated extension to the furlough scheme and were based on flight scheduling predictions before hopes of a successful vaccine were announced. GMB formally wrote to Swissport to request that those earmarked for redundancy be put on furlough instead. It said ... [+]

IATA issues vaccine guidance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released  new guidance for the handling, transport and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. Produced with the support of a number of partners, including the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and ... [+]

New US return to sender rules could be heartbreak for mail shippers

Several hundred million mail parcels destined for the US will be rejected when new United States Postal Service (USPS) rules on advance electronic data comes into force on 1 January, says cross-border specialist Hurricane Commerce. It says that any parcels arriving in the US with incorrect ... [+]

Virgin launches Pharma Secure service

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a new Pharma Secure service for urgent and vulnerable pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments.  It will include a 24/7 support team, automatic live status updates, proactive service recovery and periodical integrity checks, temperature-controlled facilities and a dedicated booking team. Virgin Atlantic Cargo ... [+]

Emirates’ not so mini-freighter

Emirates SkyCargo is now using its Airbus A380 aircraft on cargo charter operations. The first dedicated Emirates A380 ‘mini-freighter’ moved medical supplies between Seoul and Amsterdam via Dubai. The carrier’s engineering and flight operations teams have optimised the aircraft to safely transport around 50 tonnes ... [+]

Cargo carrier strengthens healthcare team

Volga-Dnepr Group has appointed Yulia Celetaria as its healthcare director, heading up its global healthcare team that provides logistics solutions for pharmaceutical products. She has worked for group carrier AirBridgeCargo Airlines since 2005. The group has also set a dedicated Vaccine Task Force, which will be ... [+]

Three steps to air cargo heaven

Lufthansa Cargo is offering a simplified eBooking system. Customer now need only to define the shipment, choose the product and confirm the route. The system guides customers through the process with automatic suggestions and suitable options and then calculates a price that can be booked ... [+]

Gloom descends over empty Heathrow

Heathrow’s cargo volumes were down in October 23% compared to last year, according to the airport’s latest traffic figures. However, UK’s aviation industry is essential to the supply chain of temperature-sensitive, time-critical goods like vaccines - 41% of the UK’s pharmaceutical supplies are imported via ... [+]

E-commerce lift-off for cargo carriers

Volga-Dnepr Group says its air cargo carriers – AirBridgeCargo Airlines and ATRAN Airlines - have achieved over three-fold increase in e-commerce volumes for the first nine months of 2020. Over 75,000 tonnes of dedicated packages with online purchases were delivered globally throughout the carriers’ network of ... [+]

E-commerce boom lifts DHL

Deutsche Post DHL Group saw strong growth in the third quarter of 2020. In an economic climate dominated by Covid-19, revenue grew by 4.4% to €16.2 billion while ‘organic’ revenue – after adjusting for portfolio and currency effects – was up by 9.0%. The group says ... [+]

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