Emirates SkyCargo says the recent outspread of corona virus will not have a great impact on their revenues.
With Kenya remaining an important regional freighter station for Emirates SkyCargo, the carrier notes that the festivities are coming to an end which will lead to a reduction in cargo business.
Saeed Abdulla, Emirates Cargo Manager East Africa, says that this January alone 2,000 tonnes of flowers have been airlifted, projecting a slower growth from March since the business in entering the slow season.
” Flowers, especially roses and carnations are the most hauled products from East Africa by Emirates SkyCargo. We met our seasonal Valentines Day flowers demand with our freighter service between Kenya and the Netherlands as well as the Middle East. This year, we deployed two additional freighter services to meet the demand for transport of flowers. As an airline, we have invested heavily on in our fleet and infrastructure to deliver fresh flowers to customers across different markets.”
Last year, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 46,000 tonnes of flowers across the world with over 24,000 tonnes, originating from Kenya.
It is estimated that flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits account for 80percent of Kenyas exports.
“Since we launched Emirates Fresh in 2017, we have transported around 400,000 tonnes of perishables annually. We believe that the export of perishables helps local economies. As a result, we have been able to stimulate global business partnerships and trade by opening new markets for Kenyan exporters,”said Mr. Abdulla.
Emirates SkyCargo operates Boeing 777 freighters that can carry up to 100 tonnes of cargo allowing uplift of a large volume of cargo. The airline continually offers cargo capacity through its Boeing 777-300ER passenger aircraft that can take up to 23 tonnes of cargo on a full passenger flight. Last year, the air cargo carrier moved closed to 2.6 million tonnes of cargo.
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