The passenger travel industry has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic, with Australia’s Flight Centre Travel Group Ltd on Thursday announcing plans to cut 6,000 travel agent roles globally, either temporarily or permanently.
In an effort to raise much-needed revenue and keep some planes in the air, Delta and Air New Zealand said they had joined the growing number of carriers offering cargo charters on passenger planes.
Around half the world’s air cargo normally travels in the bellies of passenger planes rather than dedicated freighters, so the cancellation of passenger flights has led to a sharp reduction in cargo capacity.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents the airline industry, said that red tape is holding up medical and other emergency supplies needed to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.
Selected and summarized Minh Pham from the source https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-airlines/airlines-turn-to-cargo-for-revenue-as-u-s-senate-nears-industry-aid-vote-idUSKBN21D00W