LONDON – Deutsche Lufthansa AG has announced that the Frankfurt Air cargo hub will be shut down temporarily due to increasing Omicron transmission, thus impacting the industry, this time affecting the biggest and busiest air cargo hub.
The move has been imposed as the sudden spike in Omicron and Covid-19 cases and related staff shortages faced in the Frankfurt city.
This will certainly impact the air cargo and supply chain activities flowing through the Frankfurt airport across the globe.
Lufthansa Cargo is one of the world’s biggest airfreight operators and is involved in the import and export of essential components for leading German manufacturers.
On this occasion, the Spokeswoman at Lufthansa Cargo has stated “We are currently experiencing an increasing number of coronavirus cases and related staff absences within our organization, mainly at the Frankfurt hub. The carrier will seek to restart operations as soon as possible.”
Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt base has one of Europe’s largest runway-side cold-storage facilities and is a major transit hub for coronavirus vaccines being shipped from German facilities producing the Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca Plc.