The US will remove travel restrictions for many fully vaccinated passengers in a move that could see cargo capacity increase as a result of more bellyhold operations returning to the market.
The country announced today that it will re-open its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from 33 countries on November 8 if they have a negative Covid test in the 72 hours before travelling.
Included in the countries that will be able to enter the US are: the 26 so-called Schengen countries in Europe, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Greece, as well as the UK, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.
Travellers will not need to quarantine on entering the US, but the vaccination must be US Food and Drug Administration approved or have been granted an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization (WHO).
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CLIVE Data Services managing director Niall van de Wouw recently said that the transatlantic is the “number one market” where rates are likely to come down as a result of additional flights.
However, he said the change might not be instant and prices could actually increase in the short term.
“In that early phase, it will actually have a downward impact on cargo capacity because we have the same amount of flights but more bags and therefore less cargo capacity.
“So initially, it could actually increase the shortage in supply in certain markets but over time [it will increase supply and result in lower rates].”
IATA director general Willie Walsh said that passengers were already flying out of the US, so some flights do operate on the trade lane.
“We are delighted that the US has announced its intention to re-open. There is a lot of transatlantic flying going on at the moment because of the fact that US citizens can travel and with the transportation of air cargo.
Meanwhile, the head of cargo at one major transatlantic airline said the pre-bookings for flights into the US were “amazing” suggesting the opening of US borders could have a quick affect.
Source: Air Cargo News