Air, Freight News

Hard-pressed shippers take to the air

[ February 1, 2021   //   ]

Shippers are turning to airfreight because of Brexit and other difficulties affecting surface freight, says charter firm Air Partner.
Chief executive Mark Briffa, said: “Transporting cargo via sea is proving extremely challenging, so we are experiencing a growing number of enquiries for air charter. Currently around 50% of business in our freight division is coming from transporting goods that would usually go via sea transportation. While the main industries turning to air charter are energy, automotive, aerospace and marine, we are also seeing interest from some major UK retailers that want to minimise disruption to their supply chains.”
He added that businesses that had stockpiled goods in the run up to Brexit are now needing to restock as these supplies are beginning to dwindle.
Air Partner is also seeing higher demand for requests to transport PPE globally, with most supplies coming from Asia to countries that are preparing for national vaccination programmes and require items such as protective gloves.