The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its data for global air freight markets, which suggests a slight improvement in cargo demand, albeit at a slower pace than was expected. In each case, global demand for cargo largely improved in June when compared with May, however overall figures are well below that of June
From pigs to shipping masks, hazmat suits, medical equipment, and even street-disinfecting vehicles, COVID-19 has radically reshaped the nature of cargo.
Amidst a host of firsts for the aviation industry, the COVID-19 outbreak has seen Etihad Airways operate the first direct commercial flight from the UAE to Israel. A twin-jet Boeing 787-9 departed Abu Dhabi on 19 May bound for Tel Aviv, carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies destined for Palestinian communities in the West Bank
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on allies to deny overflight rights to Mahan Air, Iran's largest privately-owned airline, after accusing it of delivering "unknown support" to Venezuela amidst the Covid-19 crisis.