Cathay Pacific Cargo’s eco-system at Hong Kong airport (HKG) is now re-certified under IATA’s CEIV Pharma accreditation, as the initial doses of the Covid-19 vaccine begin trickling move around the world.
Cathay Pacific Cargo, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) which operates the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal, and ground-handling subsidiary Hong Kong Airport Services Limited (HAS) have all been re-certified.
Cathay says the re-certification “reaffirms Hong Kong International Airport’s overall expertise in pharmaceutical shipment handling”. It also comes at a time when air cargo is in the spotlight ahead of the huge global challenge to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.
Cathay Pacific GM Cargo Service Delivery Frosti Lau comments: “Cathay Pacific Cargo is delighted to be re-certified for IATA’s CEIV Pharma. This shows our commitment to delivering a high-quality pharma transportation service from an airport-to-airport perspective, as well as our own drive for continuous improvement.
“Since the last certification, we have been working closely with the Airport Authority Hong Kong and CPSL to enhance our handling capability at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA),” Lau says.
This work has included increasing the number of thermal dollies that Cathay can access for pharma shipments, as well as expanding the storage capability inside the Cathay Pacific Cargo Terminal.
“These improvements come at an opportune time for us to be able to take better care of the time- and temperature-sensitive vaccine shipments that will be passing through Hong Kong to our network of destinations,” Lau adds.
CPSL CEO Jenny Lam comments: “We have taken every step to make a difference through our facilities and system enhancements, people training, as well as our track-and-trace capability in the handling of sensitive pharmaceutical cargo.” Lam adds that the terminal is fully geared up to support the storage and transshipment of the coming vaccine shipments.
HKIA is among a small number of international hubs to offer a complete CEIV Pharma-certified service across the entire cargo journey at the airport. Aside from the added cool dollies for temperature-controlled shipments, the airport has also built apron shelters to protect containers and dollies from the direct effects of the weather.
Alaina Shum, general manager Aviation Logistics Airport Authority Hong Kong adds: “Hong Kong International Airport advocates and supports the airport community in its CEIV Pharma recertification, which helps to cement its status as the world’s leading and busiest cargo airport.”