Inaugural outbound flight from Dublin carried 35 tonnes of Irish exports to global markets
Emirates Skycargo has resumed its Dublin cargo services, using its Boeing 777 passenger aircraft to bring goods to and from the Irish capital on a weekly basis.
The freight division of Emirates airline said the first cargo flight since March 24 landed at Dublin airport last week (April 30), carrying seven tonnes of protective face masks and goggles. The Emirates flight originated in Shanghai and arrived in Ireland via Dubai.
The resumption of a weekly service to Dublin will also serve to support the Irish export market. The aircraft departed Dublin carrying more than 35 tonnes of cargo, including food items for the Dubai market; seafood for Hong Kong and pharmaceuticals destined for Asian and Australian markets.
Emirates said more than 150 tonnes of food have been exported from Ireland to the UAE on its flights between January and April 2020.
The Boeing 777 aircraft has a cargo capacity of 50 tonnes and Enda Corneille, country manager for Emirates in Ireland, said that he anticipated a ramping up of the service over the coming weeks on a phased basis.
“Under normal circumstances, Emirates SkyCargo operates a twice daily service from Dublin,” said Enda Corneille, referring to the airline's regular passenger services, which are currently suspended.
“Emirates flights from Dublin ceased in late March, but soon after were put in place a temporary solution for SkyCargo customers, offering daily, temperature-controlled truck services from Dublin, which connected with cargo flights from London Heathrow, Amsterdam and Brussels. So, with the arrival of the first Emirates aircraft in Dublin for more than a month, it really is a seminal moment for the team in Ireland as we resume Emirates SkyCargo services, albeit on a much reduced level.
“We don’t yet know when more Emirates SkyCargo services will be added to the schedule. But we are hopeful that given the huge demand in the Irish market, both for essential PPE supplies from overseas, and from exporters trying to sustain their business operations, that we will see more flights coming on stream over the coming weeks.”
Globally, Emirates SkyCargo has rapidly scaled up its cargo services in an effort to connect an increasing number of international markets and to help maintain and replenish essential supplies such as medicines and pharmaceutical products, personal protection equipment and food items during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Emirates SkyCargo is currently operating flights to around 60 global destinations on a scheduled basis and to many more destinations as charter and ad hoc operations.