Air cargo plays essential role against Covid-19
Since the Covid-19 crisis began, air cargo has been a vital partner in delivering much-needed medicines, medical equipment (including spare parts/repair components), and in keeping global supply chains functioning for the most time-sensitive materials. This has been done through dedicated cargo freighter operations, utilisation of cargo capacity in passenger aircraft and with relief flights to affected areas.
The dramatic travel restrictions and collapse of passenger demand have severely limited cargo capacity. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) calls on governments to take the following actions:
- Exclude air cargo operations from any Covid-19-related travel restrictions;
- Ensure that standardised measures are in place;
- Exempt air cargo crew members, who do not interact with the public, from 14-day quarantine requirements;
- Support temporary traffic rights for cargo operations where restrictions may apply;
- Remove economic impediments, such as overfly charges, parking fees and slot restrictions. (ah)