Covid-19 Impact On Air Freight Market And What Would Be Its Future

Air freight market and airfreight forwarders are the backbones of the global trade system. Every year, trillions of dollar worth of goods are shipped across the globe through air. Not only it is a great alternative for low-volume and high-value shipments, but it is the fastest transport alternative available. With air freight, one can ship their goods almost anywhere without worrying about its security as they undergo minimum handling.

Impact of Covid-19 on air freight

However, the outbreak of Covid-19 and lockdown across various countries has hampered the global air freight market. According to Allied Market Research, the outbreak of Covid-19 has greatly affected the market. The economic crisis caused due to lockdown has severely hampered the international transportation. The outbreak of the virus and inability of developed and developing countries to control the spread of the virus have disrupted the production cycle and supply chain. Evidently, this hampered the air freight market.

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The demand for air freight declined since PPE is no longer acutely needed. Moreover, the retail cargo is not yet back in the air as shippers prefer sea freight or rails over air transportation. However, air freight would benefit when the favorable situation occurs or when a suitable vaccine is approved against Covid-19. Apart from this, July is a slow month for air transportation as it is a favorable time for sea freight and this year has shown a similar pattern.

Despite the pandemic, Turkish Cargo maintained its foothold

The Covid-19 and rising death tolls have brought the air freight and travel industry to a sudden halt as airlines have to ground plans to comply with lockdown measures. During this ongoing pandemic, the global air freight market suffered severe shrinkage. However, Turkish Cargo did not witness any loss of tonnage and performed the role of a global bridge and prevented the interruption of the international supply chain.

During these trying times, the division of Turkish Airlines (THY) managed to strengthen its foothold in the global air freight industry and gain market share to 5% during the pandemic. Turkish Cargo declared that it transported one out of 20 air shipments, even though there is more than 28% of shrinkage in the global market due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In addition, it has offer service to around 90 direct cargo destinations with high-tonnage capacity. These destinations include Moscow, Oslo, London, Bangkok, New York, and Casablanca.

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Turkish Cargo has acquired special provisions required for carrying various medicine before the pandemic, which has enabled it to prevent supply chain disruption and carry vital medical freight.

Increased use of air freight booking platforms

Initially, air freight booking platforms were reluctant to allow shippers to book online owing to the fear of the backlash from carriers. However, a handful of forwarders now see no objection to shippers accessing prices.

Online booking platforms, including were not in favor of the opportunity to advertise rates directly to shippers and wanted to keep the platform accessible only for International Air Transport Association- (IATA-) regulated freight forwarders. Once shippers know the dynamic pricing of the freight, then can get a reduction of agree a commission with the carrier, leveraging other freight. On the other hand, airlines could look at individual consignments and sell on volume or weight, whichever is highest.

Future of air freight and new opportunities

From a vantage point, the future of air freight seems bright. According to the IATA, the global air freight industry is all set for growth. However, there will be a slide of 3% in 2020, and the industry would settle at around $101.2 billion.

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The last year, the industry suffered the implications of the trade war between China and the U.S. and declined global trade. However, this year and onward the world tread would regain its position and the reelection in the U.S. would somewhat reduce the trade tension. In the future, there are number of opportunities stored for the industry. For instance, there will be market for specialized services such as cold-chain, perishables, and pharmaceuticals, which must be carried through air as it takes lesser time than any other transportation alternative.

On the other hand, the e-commerce industry, and its market players such as UPS, Amazon, FedEx would demand aircraft. In fact, in June 2019, Amazon Air initiated daily flights with Amazon-logoed aircraft. Rickenbacker International Airport has become one of the major air cargo hubs. The airport offers several scheduled services for U.S. importers and exporters. This shows that the post-pandemic world is expected to be favorable for the air freight industry. Currently, the market is witnessing a setback however, the market would gain its previous position in a short time.

The post-pandemic world would bring new realities, new regulations and forwarders would have to comply with them. However, as the demand for e-commerce increases, and the global trade gains the foothold, the revenue of air freight market is bound to fly high in the future.

Market scope and structure analysis:

               Report Metric                                      Details
  Market size available for years   2020–2027
  Base year considered   2019
  Forecast period   2021–2027
  Forecast units   Value (USD)
  Segments covered   Service, Destination, End Use, and Region
  Geographies covered North America (US and Canada), Europe (Germany, UK, France, and the Rest of Europe), Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, and the Rest of Asia Pacific), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and the Rest of LATAM) and The Middle East and Africa
  Companies covered Major players analyzed include DHL Supply Chain, Kuehne + Nagel, DB Schenker USA., Panalpina Inc., Expeditors International of Washington, UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Nippon Express Co., Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, DSV Air & Sea Ltd., Bollore Logistics, Sinotrans Ltd., Kintetsu World Express, Ceva Logistics, Agility Logistics, Yusen Logistics, Geodis,NNR Global Logistics, Apex Logistics International, Kerry Logistics Network, Crane Worldwide Logistics, Hitachi Transport System, FedEx Logistics, Dachser, Dimerco Express Group, FedEx (Federal Express) Corporation, United Parcel Service Inc., The Emirates Group, Japan Airlines Co. Ltd, All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd (ANA), and Pilot Freight Services


Key segments covered:

               Segments                                    Sub-segments
  • Freight
  • Express
  • Mail
  • Other Services
  • Domestic
  • International
  End Use
  • Private
  • Commercial


Key benefits of the report:

  • This study presents the analytical depiction of the global Air Freight industry along with the current trends and future estimations to determine the imminent investment pockets.
  • The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities along with detailed analysis of the global Air Freight market share.
  • The current market is quantitatively analyzed from 2020 to 2027 to highlight the global Air Freight market growth scenario.
  • Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of buyers & suppliers in the market.
  • The report provides a detailed global Air Freight market analysis based on competitive intensity and how the competition will take shape in coming years.

Questions answered in the Air Freight Market research report:

  • What are the leading market players active in the Air Freight market?
  • What the current trends will influence the market in the next few years?
  • What are the driving factors, restraints, and opportunities in the market?
  • What are the projections for the future that would help in taking further strategic steps?
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