Weekly service offers capacity of up to 50 tonnes per flight
Emirates SkyCargo has announced the commencement of scheduled cargo flights from Colombo, following the successful operation of special flights in the second half of April to support Sri Lankan exporters’ efforts to keep their supply chains open.
The air cargo operator of Emirates said it will initially operate one cargo flight a week commencing Monday, 11th May, using a Boeing 777-300 passenger aircraft.
Operating as EK0654, the passenger freighter will arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport at 1855 hours every Monday, bringing in essential imports. Each flight can carry up to 50 tonnes of cargo on its return journey.
“Keeping supply chains and revenue flows going is vital for exporters to retain customers and markets in these times of disruption and lockdown,” said Kapila Santhapriya, Emirates’ Cargo Manager Sri Lanka & Maldives.
In the second half of April this year, Emirates SkyCargo helped Sri Lankan exporters of perishables such as fish, fruit, and vegetables to export nearly 100 tonnes of produce to markets in Zurich, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Brussels, Dubai, Karachi and Lahore with two special flights in passenger aircraft operating as freighters.