Airlines are removing seats to make space for gadgets and seafood | Coronavirus

Angelena Iglesia

Cargo, one of the least glamorous aspects of flying, is proving a rare ray of light for airlines amid the coronavirus gloom.

The grounding of passenger planes at a time of increased demand for everything from medical supplies to iPhones has boosted freight rates. With much of the world’s population house-bound and shopping online instead of hitting the malls, analysts see no let-up in demand, particularly as the peak year-end holiday season approaches.

“Airfreight is going to be a bright spot for carriers at least for this year because while borders are closed that doesn’t mean people aren’t buying,” said Um Kyung-a, an airline analyst at Shinyoung Securities in Seoul, South Korea. “That trend is likely to continue as cargo capacity remains limited.”

The sort of goods moving along this global conveyor belt 30,000 feet in the sky also track the pandemic’s unfurling. Masks and gloves have given way to

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Export Maker Space will feature a blend of old-school, modern technology

If someone in Export has a good idea for a project, Tom Spears wants to give them the tools to make it happen.

“We want to hit all the ‘maker’ markets,” said Spears, who will open the Export Maker Space on Kennedy Avenue in the fall.

Spears has taken the former home of International Motorcars of Pittsburgh and replaced the BMWs and Mercedes with table saws and tool benches.

“My day job is a lot of staring at computers and sending emails,” said Spears, who works as an electrical engineering manager for Westinghouse. “But I work on projects all the time, and I’ve been steadily collecting equipment.”

When W.A. Hoy Construction put the space up for rental, Spears knew he’d found a spot.

“It’s perfect,” he said. “We have the bike

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