By Ed Attwood
Emirates SkyCargo wins EU certification for transport of medicines in a world first
Emirates SkyCargo has launched a purpose-built facility at Dubai International Airport to transport temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments.
The 4,000 square metre Emirates SkyPharma facility is part of the new 11,000 square metre extension of the Emirates SkyCentral terminal at the airport.
It also features temperature-controlled zones, 88 temperature controlled individual positions in the automated ULD (aircraft pallet) handling system and five temperature-controlled acceptance and delivery truck docks.
The opening follows the award to Emirates SkyCargo of a certification of compliance under EU Good Distribution Practice guidelines for the transport of medicines.
It is the first cargo airline in the world to obtain GDP approval for its hub operations covering two airports, as well as the bonded trucking service that links them.
Between Dubai International and Al Maktoum International, the two airports offer 8,600 square metres of space dedicated to handling pharmaceuticals.
“Pharmaceuticals are one of the most important products we transport because of the impact on people’s lives and communities across the world,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, Cargo, in a statement.
“As a leader in the global air cargo industry we decided that it was not only important for us to build state-of- the-art cool chain facilities for the transport of pharma products but to also go the extra mile and ensure the compliance of our operations against the highest international standards.”transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.