Flight cancellations and disruptions in Europe have dominated the news, causing havoc not only for travelers, but also for shippers of air cargo. The issue is that airlines, airports, and ground-handling companies have chronic staff shortages, which has been caused by rising COVID-19 infections, a swell of travelers during the summer holidays, and higher cargo volumes after Shanghai and Hong Kong’s restrictions have lifted.
Frankfurt airport, which is the busiest cargo hub in Europe, has asked cargo airlines to reduce flying to help relieve the overall system. Airlines have been cancelling flights, limiting their flight capacity, and diverting flights to other airports.
1. Lufthansa Cargo reports some easing of Frankfurt bottlenecks, Aircargo News, July 22, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022.
2. Passengers face chaotic trips as flight disruption sweeps Europe, Financial Times, July 22, 2022. Accessed July 25, 2022.