Saudia Cargo has announced the expansion of its robust cargo network with the addition of Shanghai station to its flight schedules which commenced last Saturday, August 15.
Saudia Cargo now operates two flights a week, Saturdays and Tuesdays, originating from Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport and Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport to the new destination using a Boeing 777 Freighter which has a 95-ton capacity.
The expansion came as a response to the growing demand for air cargo capacity, according to reports issued since last March.
Till now Saudia Cargo has successfully transported over two million kilograms of medical and pharmaceutical supplies required for facing the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the other millions of life-saving cargoes needed at the height of the pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, Omar Hariri, CEO, Saudia Cargo said that the company took proactive and practical steps to ensure the continuity of cargo operation to the Kingdom through non-stop charter flights despite the challenges COVID-19 posed.
Further he informed that the they have operated 29 unscheduled all-cargo flights from Shanghai International Airport to the Kingdom to meet the growing demand for cargo.
“Saudia Cargo’s high-level flexible schedules enabled it to respond swiftly to the increasing demand for cargo during the suspension of flights. We enhanced the charter flight services while our teams conducted an in-depth analysis of markets and order rates, which helped in the decision-making process for the network,”~ Omar Hariri while expressing his gratitude to frontline workers of Saudia Cargo
In July, the company in an effort to fight the pandemic operated over 1,500 flights, of which 500 were done using passenger aircraft dedicated for international cargo operations.
Furthermore, from March to June 2020 it transported 75,000 tons of life-saving cargo including medicines and medical equipment to the Kingdom, in support of the Kingdom’s health efforts towards fighting COVID-19.