Cathay Pacific Cargo Delivers Medical Supplies to India for Healthcare Emergency
Although passenger flights between Hong Kong and India have been suspended, Cathay Pacific Cargo is flying vital relief shipments to India as the country combats a COVID-19 surge. To date, the carrier has delivered over 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies.
On Friday (May 7, 2021), Cathay Pacific announced that although passenger flights between Hong Kong and India have been suspended, Cathay Pacific Cargo continues to transport critical humanitarian and medical supplies to India, as the country experiences a dramatic second wave of COVID-19 cases. Over the past few weeks, Cathay Pacific Cargo has delivered over 100 tons of essential relief shipments to India. The shipments included specialized oxygen generators, oxygen concentrators and ventilators, which were delivered to Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. Over the past few weeks there has also been a sharp increase in shipments of oxygen cylinders, surgical masks, sanitizer, PPE, pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
In Friday’s announcement, Cathay Pacific’s General Manager – Commercial Cargo, George Edmunds, said,
“We have been supporting efforts to relieve this current crisis in India through the delivery of medical supplies on our freighters and cargo-only passenger flights. We are noticing a sharp increase in the volume of enquiries from the Americas and closer to home from the Chinese mainland for space for humanitarian aid shipments to India, and we will do our best to accommodate these essential shipments. As a consequence, we are looking to maximise capacity by adding more cargo-carrying flights and will continue to work with the Indian authorities to make this possible.”
Cathay Pacific Cargo operated 24 pairs of cargo-only passenger flights to India in March and 29 in April to satisfy demand and supplement freighter operations. With their dedicated fleet of Boeing 747 Freighters, Cathay Pacific stands ready to deliver large humanitarian cargo shipments whenever and wherever they are needed.
Source: Cathay Pacific