Cathay Pacific Cargo has been flying vital shipments to Nepal during the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic and it has said it stands ready to do more.
While passenger flights have been suspended between Nepal and Hong Kong, the airline has been operating cargo-only-passenger (COP) flights to the country. To support the citizens, Cathay Pacific Cargo, on July 15, delivered humanitarian relief on-board the CX2603 Cargo-only-Passenger flight from Incheon to Kathmandu via Hong Kong. The total shipment weighed over 11,000 kg and included critical medical supplies along with 500,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) kits.
“The Nepali citizens have been severely affected by the ongoing pandemic. As an airline with a presence in the country for over 10 years, we sympathise with the people of Nepal and are prepared to assist them during such difficult times,” said Junu Maleku, Cathay Pacific Airways’ Head of Sales and Country Lead, Nepal
“We understand the criticality of shipping essential medical supplies and thank USAID for choosing us as their preferred partner to carry these essential humanitarian supplies. With an expansive global network and our swift ability to deploy ad-hoc charters and Cargo-only-Passenger flights, we have been able to transport essential medical goods and will continue to do so in the coming months,” Maleku added.
With the operation of Cargo-only-Passenger flights and ad-hoc charters, Cathay Pacific Cargo stands ready to deliver humanitarian cargo and relief material wherever and whenever required, the airline stated.