Seabury Consulting, now part of Accenture's travel industry practice, is providing weekly insights throughout the Covid-19 crisis on air cargo capacity changes based on actual flight movements.

Thickness of arrows is representative of capacity in metric tonnes, direct flights only; all flows indicate region-to-region capacity; regions are indicated by color coding; 1) Total cargo capacity includes widebody passenger and all freighter flights; 2) UTC; Source: Seabury Capacity Tracking database, Seabury Consulting analysis (April 2020)

Seabury study reports that the global cargo capacity decline of 29 percent remains the same as last week. Transpacific cargo capacity is 4 percent to 6 percent lower than last year, while Transatlantic cargo capacity is over 50 percent lower than last year. And global widebody belly capacity increased 23 percent compared to last week.


Direct capacity only; All freighters and widebody passenger aircraft only, Freighter aircraft excludes those operated for integrators and "passenger freighters”, Date measured in UTC time; 1) Corrected for day-off-week fluctuations, smoothened for clarification; 2) Comparing 22-28 Apr 2020 to 24-30 Apr 2019; Source: Seabury Capacity Tracking database, Seabury Consulting analysis (April 2020)

The total increase in belly capacity amounts to 27 thousand tonnes compared to last week, mainly driven by “passenger freighter” flights. Belly capacity at large cargo hubs is recovering due to passenger freighters.

PVG (Shanghai) shows a strong increase in widebody belly capacity since the end of February because of high demand for PPE (personal protective equipment); other airports started to increase widebody belly capacity since April.


International widebody belly flights only; Showing week 2 (6 – 12 Jan) – week 17 (20-26 Apr); 1) Including potential “passenger freighters”, capacity calculated based on assigning regular belly cargo capacity to each flight; 2) Top 8 airports are selected based on the largest cumulative increase since belly capacity stopped decreasing for that airport; Source: Seabury Consulting Capacity Tracking database