Qatar Airways Cargo is prioritising essential medical supplies and aid shipments in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline said that in the past month, it has transported over 50m kg of medical and aid supplies, which equates to roughly 500 fully loaded Boeing 777 freighters.

Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “Now more than ever, it is important to support global trade that ensures the supply of essential goods and vital aid worldwide. I am thankful to the airport authorities, ground handlers, cargo agents and governments around the world who have helped us increase our services to fulfil the demand for time sensitive freight.

“I also want to thank many of our long standing commercial customers that have supported us to prioritise humanitarian relief shipments to badly affected regions over their existing commercial arrangements. We are all in this together and are glad to be of service to communities around the world during this difficult time.”

Qatar Cargo said that it has increased capacity to cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Paris, Amsterdam, Muscat, Kuwait, Delhi, Beijing and Melbourne. 

“We also continue to work closely with governments across the globe to operate freighter charters to support State efforts to bring in humanitarian aid and essential supplies,” it added.

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