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Evaluating Air Transport

Evaluating Air Transport

Air transport has the following characteristics:

  1. Unbroken Journey:
  • Air transport provides unbroken journey over land and sea. It is the fastest and quickest means of transport.
  1. Rapidity:
  • Air transport had the highest speed among all the modes of transport.
  1. Expensive:
  • Air transport is the most expensive means of transport. There is huge investment in purchasing aero planes and constructing of aerodromes.
  1. Special Preparations:
  • Air transport requires special preparations like wheelers links, meteorological stations, flood lights, searchlights etc

Advantages of Air Transport:

    1. High Speed
    2. Comfortable and Quick Services
    3. Limited Investment in Construction of Track
    4. No Physical Barriers
    5. Easy Access
    6. Emergency Services
    7. Quick Clearance
    8. Most Suitable for Carrying Light Goods of High Value
    9. National Defense
    10. Space Exploration

Disadvantages of Air Transport:

    1. Very Costly:
    2. Small Carrying Capacity:
    3. Uncertain and Unreliable:.
    4. Breakdowns and Accidents:
    5. Large Investment:.
    6. Specialized Skill:.
    7. Unsuitable for Cheap and Bulky Goods:

Learning Activities

  • You are an employ of a forwarding company in Bujumbura/Burundi with branches all over EAC, you are responsible for dealing with Dangerous Goods in the company’s export department. You receive the following enquiry from Eco Pharma Ltd. They intend to ship 1Kg of Covid-19 samples from Bujumbura to Johannesburg, the samples have no commercial value, the samples are supposed to be picked from their lab. Eco Pharma Ltd, is requesting for your detailed counselling as well as detailed information on packaging requirements and transport costs.


  1. Counsel your customer on packaging requirements
  2. Explain details regarding the transport process from the lab to South Africa
  3. Give reasons why you chose the mode you are using
  4. Explain the full range of documents required to move the sample
  5. Explain the steps to prevent the sample from getting compromised before delivery.


  1. Differentiate a contracting carrier from a performing carrier
  2. Explain the liability and limitations of a carrier according to the Warsaw and Montreal conventions.
  3. Explain a full range of documentation required for shipping Dangerous Goods clearly indicating the source and relevance.
  4. Discuss at least five (5) reasons for selecting air over land transport.