Nov 28, 2017
— Dubai-based ground handler dnata, and a consortium of supply chain firms, has successfully completed a proof-of-concept test for a logistics platform that tracks supply chain transactions using hyper-secure blockchain technology. According to stakeholders in the project, the new system can eliminate redundant data and improve visibility and transparency.
Nov 28, 2017
— Bali’s international airport remains shut for a second day due to the threat of a volcanic eruption from Mount Agung. The Indonesian authorities have extended the shutdown to at least 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) Wednesday 29 November. However, the airport on the neighbouring island of Lombok has been re-opened.
Nov 20, 2017
— The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will have TIACA working with the 40 members of AFRAA to support air cargo development in Africa.
Nov 7, 2017
— Poland will build central airport for as much as 35 billion zloty ($9.6 billion) by 2027, reversing a strategy based on expanding smaller regional ports with the help of funds provided by the European Union. Under the government plan, the Warsaw Okecie airport would eventually be shut. No potential dates for the closing were given.
Oct 31, 2017
— Russia will ban Dutch carriers from its airspace from Saturday unless landing slots at Schiphol are returned to AirBridge Cargo (ABC). One source told The Loadstar flight times to Asia would increase by three to four hours if carriers couldn’t use Russian airspace.
Oct 30, 2017
— DHL opened a 54,000 square-foot, US$10 million global gateway facility at O’Hare International Airport (ORD) last week, adding to Chicago’s growing northeast cargo campus, which DHL said was on track to be “the largest cargo development built at a U.S. airport in more than a decade, when completed in the next few years.”
Oct 27, 2017
— Airline cargo bosses are in an upbeat mood, with a new IATA survey suggesting a continued strong financial performance in the second half of 2017. IATA’s latest business confidence survey, conducted in early-October, asked for the opinions of airline chief financial officers and heads of cargo. Exactly 80% of respondents reported that profitability increased in year-on-year terms in the third quarter of this year – up from just 36% in the first quarter of the year.
Oct 27, 2017
— New security measures for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights took effect today, with airline personnel conducting short interviews with travelers at check-in or the boarding gate. The directive was announced by the Trump administration in July as an alternative to banning laptops and other electronic devices from the cabin of inbound flights to the U.S. The new rules apply to American and global airlines and affect roughly 2,100 flights from around the world that enter the U.S. on any given day.
Oct 25, 2017
— The saga continues for London Heathrow’s third runway expansion, as the U.K.’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling began a consultation period on a revised version of the airport’s national policy statement. The goal is to publish final proposals for the LHR expansion during the first half of 2018, which will be subject to a vote in Parliament.
Oct 17, 2017
— Low-cost airlines have rejected proposals for a ‘local rule’ at Schiphol airport that would have given priority to freighter operators as the hub faces a shortage of slots. The airport is nearing its slot limit for the year of 500,000 and as a result is having to limit the number of aircraft calls, with freighters looking most likely to lose out because of the ad-hoc nature of their services. Slot restrictions for freighter aircraft are likely to continue next year, with estimates suggesting 10.5% of freighter calls could be turned away in 2018 compared with 2017.
Oct 2, 2017
— CBP recognizes that the current extraordinary weather situation created by Hurricane Maria may cause many ocean vessels to divert from their intended port of unlading to other port locations for discharge purposes. To ensure smooth processing of bills and associated status notifications in the new port of unlading, CBP reminds the carriers that they should amend the manifest to reflect the new port of unlading.
Sep 26, 2017
— With more than 3,000 loads of food, supplies and other cargo on its terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and more on the way, executives with said today the key to providing relief to citizens impacted by Hurricane Maria will be expediting local transportation and distribution of the cargo.
Sep 26, 2017
— After Hurricane Maria knocked out radar systems and power, the U.S. territory’s main airport is struggling to get thousands of stranded passengers off the island. Agustín Arellano, chief executive of Aerostar Airport Holdings LLC, which operates the airport, said only about 2,000 passengers are flying out every day despite standby lists that are in the tens of thousands. That is down from an average of 15,000 passengers departing daily prior to Maria.
Sep 20, 2017
— The ban on direct cargo flights between Bangladesh’s Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal Airport and the UK could be lifted, according to local media, in what would be a boost to garment exporters. The airport has been under much security scrutiny, and had employed a UK company to advise on improvements. Currently, cargo must be screened in a third country before arriving in the UK. Similar bans are in place for cargo going to Australia and Germany.
May 18, 2017
— Like pretty much everyone else in logistics, time:matters considers digitalization to be central to its future. “We want to have the platform available in the 300 most important catchment areas in the world,” said Miller. That means setting up shop in cities that host the industries where time:matters has expertise. “We’re doing this by making it as easy to book an emergency logistics service as it is to book a hotel online,” he said. “By digitalizing the chain, we make something that is very complex very easy.”
May 16, 2017
— The Airforwarders Association (AfA) in the U.S. has called on the Senate to swiftly confirm Kevin McAleenan as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner, pointing out that the appointment was critical to the safe, secure and efficient movement of cargo.