KIX Task Force readies airport community for COVID-19 vaccine

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Kansai Airports announces its KIX Vaccine Transport Task Force has set up a framework for COVID-19 vaccine transportation at Kansai International Airport (KIX).

The task force was formed in December 2020 to prepare for the arrival and onward shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, which require stringent temperature control and prompt import clearance procedures.

After holding discussions among logistics stakeholders, the task force established a mechanism that helps minimise transportation lead time and ensure the safe, speedy, and reliable handling of the vaccines at the airport, the airport group says.

Various conditions such as flight operations and weather have been taken into account to mitigate risks, it adds.

Kansai Airports says it will “make all possible preparations with the stakeholders to ensure smooth and prompt transportation of the vaccines at the airport, which is a challenging but important mission for the aviation industry.”

The task force was established on 21 December 2020 with domestic and international freight forwarders, ground handlers,
airlines, relevant government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Meanwhile, international cargo flights continued to increase in December year-on-year at KIX amid tight supply as a result of the sharp decline in passenger flights.

International passenger aircraft movements were down -96 per cent YoY, while international freighter aircraft movements grew by +73 per cent YoY to 2,230 in December. International cargo volume declined only slightly YoY, down -3.0 per cent to 63,564 tonnes.


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