Covid-hit Lufthansa Cargo cancels all transit freight via Frankfurt hub
By Alex Lennane, (excerpted from loadstar.com) 26/01/2022
Lufthansa Cargo is the latest carrier to suffer operationally from an outbreak of Covid and has been forced to cancel all transit traffic through Frankfurt.
It has advised customers to cancel all transit bookings, saying in a note to customers this morning: “We unfortunately see no other option at the moment than to take some measures at the Frankfurt hub. As of now … there will be a transit embargo for Frankfurt.”
It added that customers should cancel shipments which have not been delivered, while freight which has already been accepted will be dispatched “as soon as possible”.
LC added: “We firmly believe these measures will contribute to stabilisation and that we can gradually return to normal operations.”
One European forwarder told The Loadstar: “This is pretty staggering and will be painful.
“Either the cargo is trapped and not moving if in the network, or you have to book elsewhere with alternative carriers, which will then increase demand and undoubtedly mean rate increases on air cargo if Lufty is out of the game for any time.
Lufthansa Bans Freight Through Frankfurt Hub Due to Omicron
Carrier says transit embargo hits North America, Europe routes Frankfurt is a major transport hub for Covid-19 vaccines
By William Wilkes (excerpted from Bloomberg.com) January 26, 2022
11:04 AM EST Updated on January 26, 2022, 11:57 AM EST
Deutsche Lufthansa AG banned cargo from moving through its Frankfurt hub due to surging Covid-19 infections and related staff shortages in the German city.
The move will impact goods arriving from other parts of Germany, the rest of Europe and North America, according to an emailed statement Wednesday. Direct deliveries to Frankfurt — a major transport hub for coronavirus vaccines — are still possible, Lufthansa said.