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Freight and logistics recruitment specialists First Choice Staff is expanding its off ering to airport services, cargo and ground handling companies following the appointment of Colin Blusch as aviation business development manager. He previously held senior management roles with Plane Handling/dnata and Worldwide Flight Services (WFS). He will be based at First Choice Staff ’s head offi ce close to Heathrow Airport.


American Airlines is restarting ten routes to the US from airports across the UK and Europe including Dublin and Heathrow between March and June as part of its summer schedule. It launched a new 777-200 service from Heathrow to Seattle on 30 March, initially three times weekly, increasing to daily from 3 June. There will be daily Philadelphia-Dublin services and daily fl ights between Heathrow and Dallas, New York JFK, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia, and a thrice-weekly fl ight to Charlotte.

Air Charter Service has appointed Ben Dinsdale to the new role of global director for humanitarian and government services. He joined ACS almost 18 years ago, overseeing the establishment of the Paris offi ce’s cargo department and in 2016 became business development director for Europe. The broker points out that it has played a part in almost every humanitarian aid eff ort requiring airliſt

since the company’s

inception in 1990, from the Somalian civil war through to last year’s movement of more than 30,000 tonnes of PPE to over 60 countries around the world.

IAG Cargo upliſt ed 53,793kg of cargo on a freight-only British Airways B777-300 aircraſt fl ight from Nairobi to Heathrow in March – a record for Kenya. The payload comprised a mix of products including fruits and vegetables, textiles and courier material.

Area commercial

manager for East Africa, Michael Muriithi said the upliſt was a tribute to IAG Cargo’s careful and effi cient ULD planning, and collaboration with ground handling partners.

The New Year recovery in global air cargo volumes stalled in March as volumes fell 3% over March 2019, says analyst, Clive Data Services. However, reduced airline capacity meant that load factors and prices remained ‘relentlessly high.’ Despite the faltering recovery in demand, the air cargo market is in far better shape than a year ago when the outbreak of the Covid pandemic led to a sudden collapse in global capacity, it says.

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requirements for hauliers will

not impact trade, saying that the successful roll out of the outbound testing regime did not markedly impact trade. The testing requirements will

apply equally to UK-resident hauliers returning from abroad, who will in addition be able to make use of home testing kits or workplace testing facilities to satisfy the new requirements. Hauliers will also continue to

need to provide evidence of a negative coronavirus test


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before travelling from England to the Netherlands, Germany or Denmark. (A similar requirement for hauliers travelling to France was recently removed.) They will be able to use evidence of the same negative test result to satisfy both the new UK requirement for regular testing and the pre- departure requirements of other countries. Other groups of workers exempt

from quarantine include border security offi cials, aircraſt crew, Channel tunnel system workers, international

rail crew and

seafarers. BIFA director-general Robert

Keen commented: “BIFA members are pinning their hopes that the bespoke Covid testing regime lives up to its billing and is made-to- measure, not off -the-peg. Creating more uncertainty will be of no use to anyone involved in managing the UK’s visible international trade.” Logistics UK European policy

manager Sarah Laouadi, added: “It is vitally important to protect the UK and its highly interconnected supply chain from the threat of new Covid19 variants, and the nation


as a whole. However, it is worth remembering that drivers are, by the nature of their jobs and thanks to contactless delivery procedures, a very low risk category – as has been borne out by the testing carried out on drivers since the start of the pandemic where only 0.1% of them have tested positive for Covid-19. Any testing regime must be proportionate and not discriminate against those who are tasked with keeping British businesses and consumers stocked with the goods and services they need.”

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