Archive for June 22nd, 2020

Airlines seek government help to survive winter doldrums

Airlines need more government help dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus if they are to get through the winter doldrums, when revenues tend to wane, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said Tuesday. The key to survival during the winter is schedule flexibility at large airports and for that airlines say they need relief […]

Port Houston: ‘Worst should be behind us’

Executive Director Roger Guenther believes Port Houston has turned a corner. “We had nine blank sailings in the month of May,” Guenther said. “But the worst should be behind us. We are aware of seven blank — or canceled — sailings to Houston in June and only three for the month of July.” Container volume […]

Large wildfires forcing Arizona road closures

The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed some state routes east of Phoenix as the Bush Fire rages, almost doubling in size since Wednesday morning. State Route (SR) 87 is closed from Payson (milepost 251) to Bush Highway. SR 188 is closed between SR 87 (milepost 276) and Roosevelt Lake (milepost 243). In addition, SR […]

US Borders With Mexico, Canada to Stay Closed, Except for Essential Traffic

Officials in Washington, Ottawa and Mexico City say the border closings to nonessential travel between the U.S. and its northern and southern neighbors will remain in place for at least another month. The borders have been closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. However, as has been the case since March, when the borders […]

FMCSA issues intermodal chassis inspection waiver

Regulators are giving intermodal chassis providers a three-month reprieve from required annual inspections for recently expired equipment to help alleviate disruptions caused by COVID-19. The waiver, issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on June 1, was granted to the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) on behalf of ocean carriers, railroads, leasing […]

AAR: US carloads down 22.8%; Intermodal down 7.3% for the week ended June 13

The Association of American Railroads today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 13, 2020. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 449,291 carloads and intermodal units, down 14.9% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending June 13 were 198,437 carloads, down 22.8% compared with […]