Australian importers look to charter flights


The world’s largest third-party logistics company says Australian importers will need to rely on more airfreight charters to meet Christmas demand for consumer goods.

C.H. Robinson says there is limited availability for sea freight, warehouse space is at a premium and mothballed aircrafts will take some time to get back into service to meet increased demand for charters.

Vice President Oceania, Andrew Coldrey, says more airlines are diverting passenger planes and crew to the northern hemisphere where international passenger travel is on the rise.

“Global carriers have recently announced it would cease passenger flights to Australia until at least early next year because it can make better use of crew and aircrafts in the northern hemisphere and with Australia’s state governments calling for a reduction in the passenger cap limit, restrictions on incoming passengers has meant continuing service in the short term was not viable.” he says.

“Announcements like these from leading airlines further reduces the options, and charter flights might be the only way importers can shift their goods before Christmas.”

C.H. Robinson has increased the number of charter flights into Australia to about two a week to service demand from its clients. This week alone, the company has three flights scheduled to Australia from Chicago.

“C.H. Robinson has established arrangements with carriers and our customers are learning that booking ahead reduces costs and offers certainty of supply,” Andrew says. “Our message to importers is to make airfreight decisions early. There is capacity if you know where to look for it.”

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