Month: June 2008

As Australia hosts the upcoming event of World Youth Day in July that is attended by the pope, passenger traffic from around the world to Australia is expected to increase, according to international freight forwarder DB Schenker.

All flights from the US into Australia will experience heavy passenger loads, which will ease up at the end of July and in August loads should be back to normal.

Heavy passenger loads means minimum cargo uplift so Qantas expects they will experience backlogs throughout the month of July. Qantas has one freighter per week ex LAX but that aircraft only has a small amount of free space available for non-allocation holders. At present, Qantas in Los Angeles Airport has a backlog of approx 40,000kg of cargo that will be cleared over the next few days.

DB Schenker says it currently has no backlog in Los Angeles. The company will investigate whether it may obtain still more capacity from other carriers in order not to be caught short.

The Transport Workers Union (TWU) said the Queensland Government’s fuel subsidy scheme disregards interstate truck drivers and they could consider boycotting the state.

The State Government has recently announced changes to the 8-cents-per-litre deduction scheme to ensure the $540 million per annum subsidy goes directly to motorists with a Queensland driver’s license.

TWU state secretary Hughie Williams said while interstate truck drivers are already suffering from soaring fuel prices, they are excluded from the discount scheme.

“When they see this fuel discount that’s going to disregard interstate truckies, don’t be surprised if they simply say we won’t deliver freight toQueensland, and that could be a very serious problem,” Mr Williams told the ABC.

“Thousands of tonnes of goods and produce is being carted in and out ofQueensland and those people spend many weeks of their time inQueensland.

“They’re going to get very, very annoyed and they’ve got every right to be very annoyed about it.”