Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the transportation of 10000 tonnes of cargo during the lockdown period.

In a tweet the East African airline said, “During the period of the pandemic between April-July we have transported over 10000 tonnes of cargo.” This cargo was to different destinations in Africa, Europe and Asia. According to the airline’s weekly cargo schedule, the flights were serviced by a mixed fleet comprising of a Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Boeing 737 Freighter and Boeing 737s.

Several African airlines looked into cargo operations as passenger traffic dropped to almost zero movement during the lockdown. Kenya Airways launched scheduled cargo flights to Sharjah International Airport during this period.

Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Sharjah International Airport. Image Twitter Sharjah Int Apt

Speaking on the launch of the service Dirk Murianki, Director Cargo; Kenya Airways said, “Sharjah is the defacto hub for cargo in the Middle East, linking the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. It has large sea to air business.” Murianki added, “We have to go where the cargo hubs are.” On the launch day KQ uplifted 50 tonnes of cargo both ways between the two cities.

Kenya is a major exporter of fresh produce and sea food. “Crabs & fish are some of the sea-based cargo the airline handles from places such as Mombasa & Dar-es-Salaam, to various global destinations. We greatly appreciate the Fresh Produce industry for their critical role in the value chain during these trying times. We are privileged to face a brighter future as partners,” KQ added.

Kenya has reopened its borders to some international markets and the airline concluded, “We estimate the movement of 720,000kgs of cargo and over 8000 passengers in the first week of resumption.”

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