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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • SEPT, 2019 • Page 25 SkyCargo pharma, perishables totals at Dubai exceed 172,000 tonnes April-August this year DUBAI is handling increased phar- ma cargo including vaccines and medications for life-threatening diseases. 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 phar- maceuticals transported through- out the year. This summer season alone, over 190,000 kilos of pharma travelled every day through Dubai. In total, Emirates SkyCargo moved over 150,000 tonnes of perishables and 27,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals through Dubai between the beginning of April and mid-August 2019. Over the past three years, Emir- ates SkyCargo has positioned its Dubai hub as an efficient and rapid transit point for cargo from and destined for 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 temper- atures to a preferred state-of-the- art point of connection to mar- kets around the world. The carrier has invested in de- veloping modern and ‘fit for pur- pose’ infrastructure at its Emir- ates SkyCentral DXB and DWC cargo terminals for cargo from passenger and freighter aircraft respectively. This includes extensive cool chain facilities and dedicated storage space for pharmaceutical cargo. With a combined capacity of over two million tonnes of car- go per annum, the terminals see movement of close to 5,000 ship- ments and over six million kilos of cargo per day including during the summer season. The carrier’s operations in Dubai, including its state of the art dedicated pharma facility at DXB, its freighter terminal at DWC and the connecting bonded trucking corridor between the two air- ports are certified for EU GDP norms. The carrier has also enhanced the protection for pharmaceuti- cal cargo from origin to destina- tion by working with local ground handlers as part of its pharma cor- ridors initiative. Earlier this year, it inaugurated a new ‘purpose built’ pharma facility at Chicago airport. Chicago is one of the airline’s most important pharma stations globally for both exports and imports. Connecting people and food Every day, around 1,100 tonnes of food and other perishable products originating from dif- ferent parts of the world move through terminals in Dubai. This summer, there was an increase of close to 6,000 tonnes in the total quantity of perishables passing through compared to 2017. Close to 35 per cent of perishables arriv- ing at Dubai are destined for the UAE, with the rest travelling on to reach global consumers. For example, the carrier uplifts specialty food produce from Italy including Parmigiano Reggiano and Bufalo Mozzarella cheese from Rome and Naples, Vignola cherries and kiwi fruit from Bolo- gna and Modena, plus strawber- ries, fish and clam from the Venice area. In 2018, Emirates flew close to 3,000 tonnes of perishables just from Italy to the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand and other destinations in East Asia. The carrier also helps local economies through the facilita- tion of exports of sea food. Since the start of its service to Santiago, Chile, it has carried over 4,000 tonnes of Chilean salmon equat- ing about 20 per cent of the total volume of salmon exports to Asian destinations. One of the points of origin for perishables is India. Every month, around 4,000 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and other perishables come from there. Produce export- ed includes summer fruits such as mangoes and guavas and vegeta- bles such as okra, drumstick and chillies. Since May 2019, Emirates has moved 18,000 tonnes of per- ishables from India alone.