Airlines’ China Cutbacks Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Squeeze Freight Capacity

Airlines’ China Cutbacks Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Squeeze Freight Capacity

A steep reduction in airline services to China in response to the coronavirus outbreak is slashing trans-Pacific capacity for high-value, expedited goods that move as airfreight, and setting the stage for potential outbound cargo bottlenecks once Chinese factories resume production.

Dozens of U.S., European and Asian airlines have suspended service to mainland China, reducing capacity for goods such as electronics that often travel in the bellies of passenger planes and triggering a jump in freight shipping rates. Some airlines have also halted flights into Hong Kong, the world’s busiest international air cargo hub.

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