Six weeks ago if the driver of a transport truck showed up at the Canada-US border wearing a mask, they would have been considered a danger. Today, if that same trucker shows up without a mask, they are a danger.
Tighter border rules triggered by the COVID pandemic are changing the way we do things…especially in the transport field.
Truckers being required to wear protective masks is just one example. Another is in air transport where the sharp reduction in air travel has severely curtailed the number of flights on both domestic and international routes. Yet, demand for movement of air freight – particularly sensitive items such as personal protection equipment – has not fallen off. So, airlines are responding by taking seats out of passenger planes and filling the space with cargo. American Shipper magazine says Air Canada has reconfigured three aircraft
The shortage of space has seen prices for air cargo triple or quadruple in the US, according to the report. Booking an entire air freighter currently costs more than $1 million for a flight from Asia to North America.