Demand for air cargo services to carry Covid-19 vaccines has yet to reach the levels many expected.

Last year, the industry had been bracing itself for a surge in Covid-19 vaccine demand once inoculation programmes had been launched.

However, there has been a slow ramp up in demand so far, with road freight operations carrying the brunt of volumes as manufacturing sites satisfy local demand first.

Airfreight is now expected to come into its own as vaccination programmes are developed further away from where they are manufactured.

“The amount of vaccine that is actually being flown, relative to that is now being trucked is quite small,” said Dominic Kennedy, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

“So for us we are gearing up for playing a part but anticipating that is really not going to happen until the middle part of 2021.”

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