Carriers make push to China's interior cities
Across the Pacific, the picture is even bleaker. When Chinese exports after the lunar new year holiday turned out to be unexpectedly soft, Chinese carriers canceled a number of freighter sections across the Pacific — unfazed by backlogs building up at U.S. airports.
For some time now, operators have been bracing themselves for a surge in airfreight demand when production that was hit by the disaster in March returns to full swing, bringing with it a need to move product quickly to assembly lines in North America, Europe and Asian countries like China and Thailand. However, indications from customers suggest that, while there may be a need for charter flights, overall production may ramp up gradually rather than soar in a sudden spike, Hein remarked.