Volga-Dnepr flies 'sterilised' charter flights to China to cope with virus
RUSSIA's Volga-Dnepr Group continues to operate charter flights into China despite the current disruption to the air freight market, reports London's Middle East Logistics
RUSSIA's Volga-Dnepr Group continues to operate charter flights into China despite the current disruption to the air freight market, reports London's Middle East Logistics.
Flown commodities include that of essential items in response to the coronavirus outbreak such as masks, sanitiser gels, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. In addition to this, the fleet is depended upon to keep global supply chains moving by supporting some of the largest Chinese companies.
On average three to five charter flights are being operated by Volga-Dnepr Group daily, with a number of preventive measures being taken to ensure the safety of personnel, cargo and aircraft accordingly.
Several factors have affected the stability of demand for air transportation since the viral outbreak. Whilst the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency has decided to temporarily limit passenger air traffic between Russia and China as of February 1, there are no current restrictions to cargo airlines.
The unforeseen impact of the coronavirus on air freight has necessitated operational changes at AirBridgeCargo (part of Volga-Dnepr Group) to properly address dynamic market conditions. This has resulted in reformulated capacity from scheduled to charter operations from February 4.
With a reduced schedule, some of AirBridgeCargo's operational teams have been transferred to shift working patterns, and employees in China are also being enabled to work remotely.