The US Postal Service may start shifting more mail from passenger airlines to trucks and cargo aircraft, says the Wall Street Journal, which in a recent report cited tighter FAA security regulations on passenger aircraft as the reason for the shift.
USPS is already moving about 10% of U.S. mail by aircraft, down from about 25%.
As USPS is one of the largest cargo customers to commercial airlines, a reduction in business will have a significant effect on passenger airlines’ revenue even as business may start looking up for cargo carriers.
Mail and other cargo for the passenger carriers is generally handled as a byproduct, but also contributes to the revenue of the flight so that fewer passengers are needed on the plane to break even.
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