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.