Canada’s Edmonton International Airport (YEG) welcome a cargo flight from China containing medical supplies for Alberta’s fight against COVID-19.
The medical supply flight departed Shanghai (PVG), China on Sunday 12 April and landed in Edmonton early Monday morning at the Cargojet facility at EIA.
The Cargojet B767 freighter carried personal protective equipment being sent to protect Alberta medical workers and first responders. EIA and its cargo partners were recently certified as the only airport community in Canada to receive IATA CEIV Pharma certification, and with this approval, they can now handle the most sensitive medical cargo, including shipments that need strict temperature controls.
This flight was made possible by committed staff members in the health care, airline, logistics and aviation supply chains. Their expertise in working safely while ensuring essential goods are shipped is deeply valued by all members of this initiative, the airport says.
“Cargojet and its team of air cargo professionals are very proud to have operated this relief flight bringing much needed PPE and other supplies to the people of Alberta,” says Ajay K. Virmani, president and CEO of Cargojet. “We are very pleased to be able to provide critical air cargo transportation and to assist in Canada’s fight against COVID-19.”
Similarly, Tom Ruth, president and CEO of Edmonton International Airport adds: “In this challenging time for our region and the world, Edmonton International Airport and our airline partners continue to operate scheduled air cargo services in Edmonton, with additional charter services.
“EIA’s robust cargo strengths support critical supply chains for medical, pharmacy, food and other essential supplies. Although, our passenger movements are substantially down, our cargo movements continue to grow and have never been more important to our community.”
The flight, arranged by Alberta Health Services, was welcomed to Edmonton by Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu and EIA president and CEO Tom Ruth.
“Our government is working very hard on an ongoing basis to secure the personal protective equipment required to keep our health care, continuing care and seniors care workers safe,” Says Madu. “The arrival of these supplies is a testament to that work, and I want to thank all our partners involved in the process including Edmonton International Airport.”
Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive premium overnight air cargo services and carries over 3,629 tonnes of cargo weekly. Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night serving 15 major cities, and select international destinations using its fleet of 26 aircraft.
Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu (right) and EIA president and CEO Tom Ruth (middle) thank a Cargojet staff member outside the aircraft on Monday morning, 13 April.