Category: logistics

Emirates creates new Coronavirus ‘cargo business’

Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice-president of cargo at Emirates Airline, explains: “In order to consolidate operations and reduce costs in this new scenario, we have temporarily shifted all our cargo handling operations to Dubai International Airport (DXB). Taken together, we are making sure that we [are able to] react more quickly to requests coming in from every part of the globe.”

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Airports’ debts soar as aviation shutdown bites

“ACI World is calling on [all] states to consider financial relief measures that will help to alleviate the significant drop in cash flows and to ensure operational and business continuity of airport activities, and to protect jobs,” Angela Gittens, director general of Airports Council International (ACI) World, pleads.

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Medical air cargo rallies for Germany‘s healthcare crisis

Frankfurt Cargo Services (FCS), an affiliate of ground handler Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has been expediting shipments of urgent medical supplies for Germany’s frontline healthcare workers and Coronavirus patients at Frankfurt Airport. The air cargo shipments have been arriving from from Mexico, the United States, and China

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Special air cargo taskforce challenges the world

On 26 March 2020, Dr Fang Liu, secretary general of ICAO, made a declaration in which she urged: “Aviation connectivity is critical to successful global recovery from COVID-19, and especially with respect to ensuring the flow of vital medical supplies, critical agricultural products, and other goods and services across borders, as well as resolving disruptions to global supply chains.”

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EU calls for undisrupted cargo support

Alexandre de Juniac, director general and chief executive of the International Air Transport Association, asserts: “We are in an emergency and the European Commission has responded with speed and clarity. EU member states need to act quickly to ensure that the guidance is followed so that air cargo – including vital shipments of medicines and medical equipment – gets to where it needs to be.”

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Ground handler WFS helps Italy in time of crisis

“This is one of the ultimate examples of the important role the airline and cargo handling industries can play at times of national and international crisis. We must ensure these vital supply lines remain open,” asserts Massimiliano Introini, managing director of WFS in Italy

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We are life-savers, air cargo industry tells the world

In an appeal to all parties, Steven Polmans, chairman of TIACA, says: “[The association] urges governments to exempt the movement of cargo from any bans. We support IATA’s appeal to have air cargo recognised as vital in the fight against COVID-19 and for action to be taken – in particular, removing all travel restrictions on air cargo operations and taking all necessary measures to allow air cargo to continue to circulate around the world.”

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Saudia Cargo is authorised to continue operations

“Saudi Airlines Cargo Company has taken proactive steps to ensure the continuity of all cargo and supply operations [to ensure] the arrival of necessary goods and products including medical equipment, medicine and foodstuffs,” explains chief executive Omar bin Talal Hariri.

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