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February 24, 2020 1:00 PM, EST

Coronavirus Cuts Prompt DSV Panalpina to Open Cargo Flights Between Alabama, China

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A Danish company is opening a route between Alabama and China in response to shipping cutbacks over the coronavirus.

DSV Panalpina announced it will operate a Boeing 747-8 freighter airplane out of Huntsville, Ala., three times a week for flights to and from Shanghai. DSV said the flight comes as multiple airlines have either suspended or reduced the number of flights to China due to the risk of spreading coronavirus.

“The solution ensures that DSV will be fully in control of the capacity available on this charter solution. Taking advantage of the Huntsville hub-and-spoke model, we can connect all continents via our DSV-controlled charter network and ensure DSV ground handling at uncongested airports. In Huntsville, express connections are available to and from Latin-American countries and Canada,” DSV said in a statement.

The Huntsville-to-China flights will start Feb. 25.

DSV acquired Panalpina last year. DSV ranks No. 8 and Panalpina No. 4 on the Transport Topics list of the largest airfreight forwarders in North America. Also, DSV ranks No. 6 and Panalpina No. 5 on the TT list of top ocean freight forwarders in North America.

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