On Board Couriers During Lockdown
During the lockdown period, the Pony Sameday team are receiving more and more calls for hand carry courier services using our specialist onboard couriers , the challenge the team are facing is that most routes are closed to commercial air traffic. The OBC team are re-routing hand carry consignments and in some cases are sending couriers on a wild de-tour. The team had a request for important cargo to be collected from Shanghai to be delivered to Los Angeles, the route taken was one OBC travelled from Shanghai to Hong Kong and then another OBC travelled from Hong Kong to Amsterdam and the final leg was completed by a third courier who was a US passport holder.
It becomes even more challenging when the couriers need to be PCR negative tested, gone are the days when any available courier would be able to take the mission. It's not just about visas and entry clearance during lockdown.
Upon arrival into Los Angeles the onboard courier had self quarantine, so did the other two couriers.
Couriers have to self isolate when entering Hong Kong for 15 days in a government appointed hotel, this adds cost to the price of the job, but in these difficult times there is not much can be done other than to follow the rules of the land.
Once flights and routings were not a problem, you would be certain to get your courier on the next flight out and usually on a direct flight, however now there are too many variables to consider in booking a flight for the hand carry courier. Restrictions of flight and airport operations result in a mission becoming twice the length that it would take before the pandemic and costs to the customer have gone up 10 fold.
On Board and Hand Carry Couriers Services, the Future
We envisage that normality in the onboard and hand carry courier service industry will not be very soon, 2020 was a very low point and 2021 may see towards the end some restrictions lifted and routes opening up. Hopefully 2022 will be the year that our onboard and hand carry couriers will resume travel to similar levels of before the COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be said for certain as new coronavirus variants are being discovered around the world.If you need a same day on board courier or need a chat with our team, click link below and message us on WhatApp
Together we will get through this.