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Special issue on Current and emerging issues in air transport and trade

Journal of Shipping and Trade welcomes submissions to the Special issue on Current and emerging issues in air transport and trade.

Handling of submissions

The following procedure will ensure the efficient handling of the submissions. All submissions to the special issue will be treated as regular submission. This means they will be processed as regular papers and, if accepted, published as regular papers. All published submissions to the special issue will be grouped as a theme issue subsequently for display in the journal’s website.

Aim of the special issue

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlights that air cargo maintains a huge share of 35% world trade by value although the corresponding share by volume is only less than 1%. High-value air cargo involves dangerous goods and perishables and also medical equipment and pharmaceuticals requiring sophisticated logistics and supply chain operations. Air cargo benefits from the e-commerce boom and it is crucial for the global distribution of vaccines which are needed to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. IATA further highlights that the majority share of 65% of worldwide air cargo was carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft and not by dedicated freighters. During the Covid-19 pandemic, a large share of the big aircraft (widebody) fleet was grounded (partly in the desert) leading to a substantial drop in belly capacity and sharp increases in air cargo freight rates. Airlines use passenger aircraft, so called “preighters,” to overcome the capacity shortages at least partly. Air transport, no matter whether cargo or passenger transport, increasingly contributes to global warming by burning jet fuel and, as importantly, by producing ice crystal contrails. The use of sustainable aviation fuels will be a crucial component of the greening of the aviation industry. Overall, air cargo with all its different business and economic facets is an exciting but under researched industry. The goal of the thematic series "Current and emerging issues in air transport and trade" is to contribute to a better understanding of the air cargo industry and its contribution to domestic and global trade.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Air cargo
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • Resilience
  • Preighter
  • Belly cargo
  • Freight rates
  • E-commerce
  • Logistics
  • Supply chains
  • Global trade
  • Belt and Road
  • US Infrastructure Fund
  • Trans-European Networks
  • Sustainable aviation fuel
  • Trade imbalances
  • Economic growth
  • Dangerous goods
  • Perishables
  • Intermodal services
  • Hub and spoke
  • Competition

Guest Editor:
CZERNY, Achim Ingo (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hongkong, China)
ZHENG, Shiyuan (Shanghai Maritime University, China)

Submission instructions:
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Instructions for Authors for Journal of Shipping and Trade. The complete manuscript should be submitted through Journal of Shipping and Trade submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on Current and emerging issues in air transport and trade. Reviewers should follow Springer Nature’s and the journals more detailed Peer-Review Policy. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.