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Sea-air routes gain as bypass option for Red Sea shipping delays

January 25, 2024


As major container shipping lines consistently bypass the Red Sea to avoid the threat of rebel missile attacks, air cargo volumes are finally getting a boost. Preliminary data now backs anecdotal reports a month ago of businesses shifting some Asia exports for Europe and North America to air transport as a way of avoiding delays.

Until mid-January, there were few hard signs the airfreight sector was picking off cargo normally booked on ocean vessels transiting the Suez Canal. One option getting more attention is a hybrid sea-air mode, which offers faster transit than ocean shipping at a lower cost than pure airfreight.

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