The COVID-19 pandemic, together with a significant decline in passenger traffic, led to increased demand for cargo-only flights. Under normal circumstances, about 40 to 50 per cent of the world's cargo is carried in the belly of passenger aircraft. Therefore, increased cargo yields are expected to continue through 2021. In addition, increased cargo demand is expected in the coming months to meet global demand for COVID-19 rapid testing and vaccine distribution.
Many airlines have expanded their existing operations to include cargo on passenger aircraft: TUI has also increased its focus on cargo business since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to the good cooperation between the various TUI aviation teams, we have been able to demonstrate our ability to carry out cargo operations. On board the 787 fleet, colleagues from TUI fly Belgium, TUI Airways and TUI Airlines Nederland have distributed medical equipment and other cargo around the world.