Cargo operations slowly start to resume at Houston airports
01 / 09 / 2017
United Cargo will today resume cargo operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) as flights start to get underway following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
In an operational update, United Cargo said that IAH had re-opened and a limited number of flights were taking place to other US cities.
In total, the airport expects 100 flights to have operated yesterday, 70 of them being United flights. Houston Hobby said a "few" Delta flights operated yesterday.
As a result, from 7am today local time (September 1) the airline will re-open its freight facility and accept non-perishable shipments for general and expedited cargo on widebody flights to/from/through the airport to US locations only.
On September 7-8, cargo carriage to/from/through IAH will be expanded to include non-perishable shipments for general and expedited cargo on widebody flights from any origin.
All non-perishable shipments, including speciality products, will be accepted from September 9 on widebody flights and on September 11 all non-perishable restrictions will be lifted on all widebody and narrowbody flights.
However, the date it will be able to begin shipments of perishables is not yet known and the resumption of carriage of freight on trucks to and from IAH is still pending as road conditions around the airport are unstable.
The airline said it had also lifted system-wide restrictions on human remains, human organs, high value and active temperature shipments as long as they are not due to be handled at IAH. Full details can be found here.
Meanwhile, Delta Cargo expects to continue its embargo on cargo at IAH until September 4, while American airlines will resume cargo operations on flights the next day.
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