COVID Cargo Boom For FedEx Dies Down

COVID Cargo Boom For FedEx Dies Down
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What remains clear is that 2023 is going to be the year that the COVID cargo boom begins to die down for U.S. carrier FedEx.

Using data from, we can see a substantial drop in flights operated compared to 2020, 2021, and 2022.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

The COVID Cargo Numbers Have Dropped for FedEx…

COVID Cargo Boom For FedEx Dies Down
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From May 30-June 6, FedEx operated 567 flights, which is a drop of 25.98% compared to the same period last year.

Such a figure is actually lower than 2019’s levels, although there is more of a consistency in the table that you will see below:

Date2019 Numbers2020 Numbers2021 Numbers2022 Numbers2023 NumbersPercentage Difference (2023 vs. 2022)
May 2-9695 movements738 movements834 movements768 movements643 movements-16.28%
May 9-16694 movements733 movements814 movements771 movements662 movements-14.14%
May 16-23691 movements733 movements805 movements762 movements651 movements-14.57%
May 23-30605 movements650 movements811 movements767 movements656 movements-14.47%

It is clear from this table that the percentage drops are significant and are representative of consumers coming out of the COVID pandemic not ordering as much through e-commerce.

What Will This Mean For The Operator?

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What remains clear is that the golden years of COVID for cargo carriers like FedEx have come to an end, with there now needing to be a new solution in the form of contracts moving forward.

Looking ahead, this could have long-term implications, especially if more staff were needed to accommodate this additional cargo capacity during the pandemic.

For now, all eyes are on the carrier to see what is next for them, and could they actually get those flight numbers back up to COVID-era levels again?

By James Field - Editor in Chief 2 Min Read
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