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Air cargo bottlenecks can put lives at risk, urgent govt action required: IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its members have renewed their call to governments to take urgent measures to ensure that vital air cargo supply lines remain open, efficient and effective. Air cargo is a vital partner in the global fight against COVID-19. But we are still seeing examples of cargo flights filled with life-saving medical supplies and equipment grounded due to cumbersome and bureaucratic processes to secure slots and operating permits, said IATA s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. These delays are endangering lives. All governments need to step up to keep global supply chains open, he said in a statement.The COVID-19 crisis has seen almost the entire world-wide passenger aircraft fleet grounded, a fleet which normally transports almost half of total air cargo shipments.IATA said airlines are scrambling to meet the gap between cargo demand and available lift by all means possible, including re-introducing freighter services and using ..

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