Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates has decided to boost cargo capacity between India and its Dubai hub to ensure that goods such as food and medical supplies are transported to these destinations where they are needed the most.
Starting March 31, Emirates SkyCargo is expected to commence daily freight-only passenger aircraft flights to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Trivandrum, along with four weekly rotations to Australian city Melbourne.
Apart from that, the carrier is also reviewing options to start more routes on daily basis for greater access and closer relations with regions.
Between mid-January and mid-March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo transported more than 225,000 tonnes of cargo in total out of which 55,000 tonnes were food items including fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, and more than 13,000 tonnes were pharmaceutical cargo.
Last week, Emirates SkyCargo flew a charter operation from Mumbai to New York, a critical destination, carrying life-saving temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products with a chargeable weight of above 60 tonnes. The same week, a scheduled freighter from Ahmedabad flew 80 tonnes consisting mostly of pharma products to destinations across the US, Europe, and Australia. Emirates SkyCargo also uplifted around 70 tonnes of cargo including medical equipment and perishables to destinations in the GCC from Bengaluru. Other than these, the air cargo carrier also uplifted 83 tonnes of perishables from Thiruvananthapuram and Chennai, in addition to a record-breaking uplift of 52 tons of perishables including fruits and vegetables from Thiruvananthapuram to destinations in the GCC.
Emirates SkyCargo has deployed a range of measures, including additional freighter flights, and using connecting road feeder services to help transport essential cargo such as pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, perishables, other equipment and raw materials to impacted global destinations.