Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo arm of Emirates Airlines, has recorded 10,000 flights within three months at a time when Covid-19 has disrupted the aviation industry, the company announced in a statement.
Cargo planes have been the exception to travel bans all over the world as many countries rely on them to deliver imports and exports.
Between the months of April and June 2020, Emirates SkyCargo assisted in the transportation of essential commodities and other supplies for individual consumers and businesses across the world by operating more than 10,000 cargo flights to destinations across six continents, the company said.
According officials from Emirates Airlines, flights were a mix of scheduled, ad-hoc and charter operations. According to Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president, Emirates SkyCargo has widened its network.
“In keeping with our core value as a global facilitator of trade and economies, we have re-grown our network to over 100 destinations with robust flight frequencies to key production and consumer markets. We continue to be able to offer our customers an unmatched reach and connectivity for their valuable cargo and our flight milestones are a validation of our customers’ trust in our service.” Sultan said.
In Uganda, the cargo carrier operates three weekly flights. The main commodities transported to Entebbe include general cargo, textiles and pharmaceuticals. Exports include perishables such as chilled fish and fruits and vegetables.