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UK air freight bookings soar as firms seek to bypass port backlogs

Air Charter Service calls October cargo demand ‘completely out of the ordinary’

UK bookings for air freight services in October have soared 70%, according to one cargo group, as businesses seek a way to circumvent backlogs at ports.

Air Charter Service, which enables retailers and other businesses to hire entire planes to transport goods, said demand had stepped up from September, when bookings at its UK office were already 20% up year on year, or 150% on pre-pandemic levels.

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