Dachser expanding Shanghai airfreight service in ‘volatile’ coronavirus times

Beginning Monday, Dachser Air & Sea Logistics will offer an air bridge among the United States, Latin America and its airfreight gateway in Frankfurt, Germany, for deliveries to Shanghai.

The charter flight rotation initially is scheduled to operate through the end of March.

Dachser, the Germany-headquartered global logistics provider, said in an announcement Thursday that it was adding to its existing charter service between Frankfurt and China because the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is “having a serious impact on capacity in the airfreight market.”

“Because the situation is so volatile, capacity planning is becoming a real challenge,” the announcement said.

Dachser said it will charter 747s and integrate them into the rotation of flights from Frankfurt to Shanghai and vice versa.

Airlines and logistics providers around the world are grappling with President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday night that a ban on travel from Europe to the United States would go into effect Friday.

Timo Stroh, head of global airfreight for Dachser, said, “We are ready for whatever happens in the airfreight market in the coming weeks.”

The International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines, last week said the industry could lose up to $113 billion in revenue this year in a worst-case scenario.