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Emirates introduces pharma corridors

[ January 22, 2018   //   ]

Emirates SkyCargo has introduced a pharma corridor concept offering  additional protection across selected stations, including Dublin.

The carrier is working with ground handling partners and other stakeholders to ensure that handling operations for pharmaceuticals at these stations are uniform and comply with both its own stringent norms for pharma transport as well as with either EU Good Distribution Practices (GDP) or IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) pharma guidelines.

Emirates SkyCargo’s operations at its hub in Dubai including its dual cargo terminals at Dubai International Airport, Dubai World Central and the interconnecting trucking were certified as compliant to EU GDP guidelines in 2016. Operating the largest GDP certified multi-airport hub in the world, Emirates SkyCargo, the introduction of pharma corridors with a focus on non-hub handling activities allows it to go one step further for the protection for such cargo.

Divisional senior vice president, cargo. Nabil Sultan, said: “We realised that it was essential to work with our partners on the ground at the various stations in order to ensure that pharmaceutical cargo travels under the best conditions not only through our facilities in Dubai and when onboard our aircraft, but right from the point the cargo gets dropped off at the origin airport until it is collected at the destination airport. We are also actively exploring the roll out of dedicated pharma flights across our network. Emirates SkyCargo constantly strives to offer the best solutions for our customers.”

The first 12 stations in Emirates SkyCargo’s pharma corridors are spread across three continents and include Amsterdam, Brussels, Bengaluru, Cairo, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Milan, Rome, Shanghai and Singapore. Further cities are expected to be added over the course of the year.