March 25, 2020 / 1:06 PM / in 6 days

IATA says air freight traffic fell around 10% in Feb

PARIS, March 25 (Reuters) - Figures to be published next week will show global air freight traffic fell around 10% in February, putting it on course for a 15-20% drop for the year as a whole, an official at the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday.

But demand for freighters to keep medical and other supplies moving has hit a record as passenger jets are grounded due to the spread of the coronavirus, IATA said. Many airlines are also chartering out stranded passenger jets for freight operations.

The airline industry association reiterated a plea to governments to adapt coronavirus restrictions to allow cargo flights including medical shipments to keep running smoothly. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; editing by Jason Neely)

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