Emirates SkyCargo says it is seeing “good demand” for cargo import and export in the Chinese market, as the country reopens for business after the Lunar New Year holidays and despite the ongoing COVID-19 virus crisis.
China reported a total of 2,048 new cases of Coronavirus on 17 February 2020 – 1,933 of which were from the Hubei province.
Emirates SkyCargo has also been continually operating freighter services to Hong Kong and in addition to scheduled services, the carrier also recently operated a charter flight to carry relief materials.
The air cargo carrier operates freighter services to Guangzhou (CAN) and Shanghai (PVG), having resumed these scheduled services after a planned hiatus over the traditionally low-traffic period over the holidays.
“Emirates SkyCargo continues to support trade and movement of goods into the Chinese market and is committed to supporting China’s diverse distribution needs and supply chains through our freighter operations to Shanghai and Guangzhou,” says Hiran Perera, Emirates senior vice president, Cargo Planning & Freighters.
“We are a market oriented carrier and are ready to fulfil the growing needs of our customers. We will constantly review our operations to ensure that we are able to support the Chinese market by deploying adequate capacity through our freighters,” he adds.
The carrier so also continuing to carry bellyhold cargo on its double daily flights between Beijing and Dubai.
The flights to China are operated with its B777 freighter aircraft offering a cargo capacity of around 100 tonnes for exports and imports on each flight. Commodities being currently transported on the freighter flights include perishable food items, pharma, medical supplies and other general cargo.