DACHSER enhances its strong air network with more of its own capacity in 2021
Building on work that began last year, DACHSER Air & Sea Logistics will be increasing its own capacity in 2021. Starting in mid-January, its air network will cover the Hong Kong-to-Frankfurt and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes and returns.
“At the end of last year, the effects of increased e-commerce became especially evident in the load factors and intensified the shortfall in capacity,” says Timo Stroh, Head of Global Air Freight at DACHSER. “And we’ll see this happen again with the usual increase in freight volumes in the run-up to Chinese New Year in February. Our own DACHSER air network capacity provides our customers with security and makes us less vulnerable to the fallout from volatile market events.”
By establishing its own air freight network with dedicated capacity last year, the logistics provider created security and stability for its customers on the most important freight routes between Europe, Asia, and the US. When the coronavirus pandemic left a large proportion of passenger aircraft grounded, transporting freight as additional loads on these aircraft was no longer an option, which had an impact on global air freight capacity. The air freight sector is still feeling the effects of this capacity shortage.
Interlocking air and overland transport
By developing its DACHSER air network capacity, the company is responding to market demand. The program’s fixed transit times make the service reliable and enable customers to plan ahead. Combining its road and air & sea logistics networks allows DACHSER to respond quickly to changing route situations in Europe and accelerate the pickup and delivery processes. “With this global network capability, we can offer our customers a robust and reliable capacity solution,” Stroh says. An expansion of the DACHSER air network is planned for the second quarter, so DACHSER will be well prepared to handle the uncertain market environment in 2021 as well.