Lufthansa Cargo have advised customers to cancel shipments as they launched a "transit embargo" at Frankfurt Airport.
The measure has been brought about by a surge in Covid cases among their staff.
Lufthansa Cargo issued a statement saying: “Currently we are facing an increasing number of Coronavirus cases within our organisation, especially at the Frankfurt hub. This is leading to a reduction in staffing levels, which is delaying our operations at this stage.”
There is, at time of writing, no confirmed end-date for the embargo. Lufthansa Cargo said on Wednesday that they expected to see improvement "within days".
Some shippers will now face frustration as cargo is trapped for an unknown amount of time. Others will have to organise bookings with new carriers, which will increase demand and probably lead to a spike in rates if the embargo continues.