Covid19 & Air Cargo Bachelor’s Thesis

Author Ms. Tu Khanh Jacqueline Trieu of Zurich University of Applied Sciences just published her Bachelor’s Thesis: "The impact of Covid-19 on the air cargo market in Europe"

IG Air Cargo supported Ms. Trieu in her work through an interview to our president Peter Somaglia. The document covers in depth ample aspects of the disruption caused to our industry by this major global crisis. The scope of the thesis includes the entire Europe, but there is a great emphasis on the Swiss Air Cargo market. A strongly suggested reading.

Download here the Bachelor’s Thesis: "The impact of Covid-19 on the air cargo market in Europe"

2020 EZV Air Cargo Statistics Published

IG Air Cargo Switzerland has elaborated the latest Foreign Trade Statistics from the Swiss Federal Customs Administration with a special focus on Air Cargo. They cover a 10 years period to give an overview of our industry key indicators. A comparison of several key indicators between 2019 & 2020 is also included (Covid pandemic effects). The file is available at this link:



Changes in Euroairport Management (Freight)

After more than eight years at EuroAirport, Gian Carlo Alessi, member of the Executive Committee and Head of Freight, will leave the company at the end of May to take up a new position in the logistics sector. In this context, Gian will cease to perform his duties as Head of Freight with immediate effect. Until his departure, he will be available to the management for specific actions.

Michael Schwyn, Head of Airline Marketing Development and member of the EAP Executive since 2001, will take over as interim Head of Freight Marketing. Fabrizio Ricca, Head of Freight Operations, will remain your point of contact and Michael will be your additional point of contact.

At the management level, Mario Eland, Marketing Director and Werner Parini, Operations Director, are also at your disposal. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Gian every success in his new position and thank him for his commitment and dedication to you, our customers.

Best regards

Matthias Suhr



Read the official communication by Euroairport:

Cargolux: 50 years of excellence

 The history of Europe's largest cargo ariline

The anniversary year of Cargolux was overshadowed by the pandemic in 2020. However, the Luxembourg airline's experience and professionalism were in greater demand than ever before. With its 30 cargo jumbos, it is now the largest cargo airline in Europe.


Read the joint IG Air Cargo & Sky News CH Press Article:

Summit Back in the Air


The Interest Group Air Cargo Switzerland has joined forces with representatives from the aviation, business and tourism sectors, as well as the social partners, in a virtual summit called Back in the Air that formulated three key demands in order to restore freedom of travel. These were presented to the President of the Confederation Guy Parmelin on behalf of all the organisations concerned during his recent visit to Zurich airport.


Read the Press Release:

Final 2020 Air Cargo Figures now Available

The Air Cargo Tonnage Statistics of the three major Swiss airports for the year 2020 are now complete and available on website. The import and export figures are relatively stable. The transit traffic has dropped significantly during the past year due to the reduced number of passenger flights. For the same reason we notice an increase share of RFS (Trucks) traffic, feeding larger airports in Europe with scheduled freighter networks.

Download here the 2020 Air Cargo Figures (PDF)

For comparison with the previous years, please download the Overview of Air Cargo Figures 2013-2020 (PDF) 

Swiss WorldCargo ready for COVID-19 vaccines transport

Swiss WorldCargo has finalized preparation for transport of COVID-19 vaccines

For the past six months, Swiss WorldCargo has prepared for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Beginning in summer 2020, the company set up an internal task force to analyse the potential for shipping COVID-19 vaccines throughout the world. The task force, comprised of team members from different divisions, has closely analysed how Swiss WorldCargo’s aircraft, network and capacity to and from Switzerland, can best support these global shipments.

New Swiss Air Cargo Study 2020

The new study "Swiss Air Cargo Logistics 2020" surprises with impressive figures, even in times of crisis

The study examines the importance of air freight for the Swiss economy. The key issues of the air freight market, digitization, climate, environmental protection and regulatory framework conditions were analyzed. Aircraft are an extremely important means of transport for the Swiss export industry (before, during and after the pandemic).

SWISS operates more than 1,000 cargo-only flights since March

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis in March, Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has operated more than 1,000 cargo-only flights, carried out by its airfreight division, Swiss WorldCargo.

Over 23,000 tonnes of goods have been transported. During the months of April and May, the major commodities transported were medicines and medical supplies supporting the Swiss population and economy. Since then the focus has been on the transportation of commercial cargo.

Successful Webinar - Corona challenges Air Freight

 Tuesday 05 May - Peter Somaglia, president of IG Air Cargo, participated to an online Webinar on the challenges brought by the Coronavirus to the Air Freight industry.

The webinar organized and moderated by GS1 Switzerland ( also saw the participation of Gian Carlo Alessi, Head of Cargo Department at Euroairport Basel/Mulhouse, a member organization of IG Air Cargo Switzerland. The webinar was a great success with about 80 Swiss airfreight professionals joining the Zoom online session. All the current impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on the Swiss Air Cargo market were analyzed with plenty of statistical data. Questions from the audience were answered live. This is the full recording of the session.





Lufthansa - CEO's speech to the Annual General Meeting

On 5 May 2020, the Lufthansa Annual Shareholders General Meeting will be held. The speech of the Chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr's has been published in advance.

In order to mitigate the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the German Government passed a law which allows holding an Annual General Meeting without physical shareholder presence. Deutsche Lufthansa AG will make use of the new legislation and the 67th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 10:00 hrs will be held for the first time exclusively virtually.





COVID19 - Cybercrime is on the rise


Reports of increased cybercrime in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic and the lockdown measures.

The webpage of IATA Cargo has been cloned and our association was the target of a phishing attempt last week. We received a fraudulent email requiring us to login on a fake webpage replicating the one of our hosting provider. Luckily, we realized something was wrong and did not fall in the trap.

These days people and organizations, normally involved in more traditional illegal activities, might engage in cybercrime due to the widely imposed restrictions of movement. Furthermore, the recent increased exposure of the air cargo industry in the media, might attract the undesired attention of cybercriminals.

We remind our members and all actors of the Air Cargo community to stay vigilant. Below are links to some useful resources:




SWISS expands its cargo services

 Swiss International Air Lines expands its cargo network reconfigures three Boeing 777s into full cargo aircraft

SWISS and its Swiss WorldCargo division have performed more than 80 cargo-only flights since the end of March, transporting over 1,300 tonnes of airfreight between Asia and Switzerland. The cargoes concerned have consisted mainly of medicines and medical supplies and equipment for the Swiss healthcare system. SWISS plans to operate over 100 further cargo flights on behalf of various private and public entities between now and the end of May.




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