Emirates SkyCargo sees spike in perishables and pharma traffic
EMIRATES SkyCargo transported 150,000 tonnes of perishables and 27,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals through its Dubai hub to other parts of the Middle Eastern carrier's global network between April and mid-August
EMIRATES SkyCargo transported 150,000 tonnes of perishables and 27,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals through its Dubai hub to other parts of the Middle Eastern carrier's global network between April and mid-August.
A spokesperson for the cargo arm of Emirates was quoted as saying in a report by London's Air Cargo News: 'Over the last three years, Emirates SkyCargo has managed to consolidate the position of its Dubai hub as an efficient and rapid transit point for cargo originating from and destined to a variety of cities across six continents.
'It has also transformed the perception of Dubai in the minds of global cargo customers from a transit stop to be avoided in summer because of high temperatures to a preferred state of the art point of connection to markets around the world.'
The freighter and bellyhold operator has developed modern and 'fit for purpose' cargo terminals at Dubai's twin airports of DXB and DWC.
The investment includes extensive cool chain facilities and dedicated storage space for pharma goods. With a combined capacity of two million tonnes of cargo per annum, the two terminals handle 5,000 shipments and 6,000 tonnes of cargo per day.
Added the spokesperson: 'Since 2017, there has been an increase of seven per cent in the volume of pharma cargo transported during the summer months and an increase of 14 per cent in the overall volume of pharmaceuticals transported throughout the year.
'This summer season alone, over 190,000 kilos of pharma travelled every day through Dubai on Emirates SkyCargo.'
Earlier this year, the air cargo carrier inaugurated a new pharma facility at Chicago airport, with the US hub now one of its most important pharma stations globally for both exports and imports.
Added the spokesperson: 'Every day, around 1,100 tonnes of food and other perishable products originating from different parts of the world move through Emirates SkyCargo's terminals in Dubai.'
In 2018, Emirates SkyCargo flew 3,000 tonnes of perishables from Italy to the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and other East Asia destinations.
Since the start of its service to Santiago, Chile, the airline has carried 4,000 tonnes of Chilean salmon, equivalent to 20 per cent of the total volume of salmon exports to Asian destinations.
Each month, 4,000 tonnes of fruits, vegetables and other perishables are moved from India by the carrier. Since May 2019, Emirates SkyCargo has moved 18,000 tonnes of perishables from India alone.