International Air Cargo Update   

Dear AFIF Members,

As updated in last week's AFIF Weekly News, the impact on the movement of air cargo to and from Australia as a consequence of the escalation of measures to tackle Covid-19 cannot be understated.

The Federal Government ban on non-residents entering the country and the advice to residents against all overseas travel has led to airlines drastically re-evaluating their flights schedules.

Added to this is the commencement of lockdowns by some States and the Northern Territory, the impact on domestic flights and therefore connections to/from international flights at hubs such as Sydney or Melbourne, will further impact international flights.

Qantas and Virgin Australia have announced they will be ceasing international services until at least the end of May. 

International carriers have suspended or significantly reduced passenger services to Australia until the end May, possibly longer. It is likely that passenger services will dwindle further after 30 March 2020.

As the situation is very fluid and flight schedules are constantly changing, AFIF recommends members keep in close contact with your respective carrier.  

AFIF is staying close to the carriers and CTOs and will keep members informed of developments.  


AFIF team

Qantas Freight has issued the following Covid-19 Update

With the Federal Government now advising against all overseas travel from Australia and a travel ban on non-residents entering the country, our regularly scheduled international passenger flights will continue until late March before being suspended until at least the end of May 2020.

As a result, more than 150 aircraft will temporarily be grounded, including all of Qantas’ A380s, 747s and B787-9s and Jetstar’s B787-8s. 

Important information regarding your agreements with Qantas Freight 

We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption to your business and know that your customers depend on your ability to provide certainty for urgent shipments.
Key domestic and regional passenger services will be maintained as much as possible and we will continue to operate our fleet of freighter aircraft. We're also currently exploring the opportunity of using some passenger aircraft for freight-only flights to cater for urgent demand.
International - existing bookings:

  • We will honour all current bookings and existing allotments until 27 March 2020 for passenger flights and freighter space
  • Rates will be charged at the agreed rate where flights continue to operate until 27 March 2020
  • Any further capacity requests to be assessed under new conditions 
  • Further updates will be sent later this week  

International - new bookings:

  • Bookings can only be made for flights departing within 48 hours – this applies to both passenger and freighter services 
  • Single sectors only  
  • New rates will apply based on capacity and demand  
  • Any further capacity requests to be assessed under new conditions

Domestic update:

  • Due to potential schedule changes on our domestic network, the Money Back Guarantee on our Q-Go Priority product will not apply for new bookings
  • All other benefits of this premium product remain the same

What to do now
Please contact your Account Manager via email or on to discuss rates and for any other assistance. If you're interested in full or part charters, please email and copy in your Account Manager who can support your request.

As always, we will keep you updated when we have new information to share. Thanks for your continued support during these challenging times.

The Qantas Freight Team                                                                      

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AFIF will keep members informed of progress