By Chris King • 24 December 2020 • 3:51
SPECIAL Lufthansa Cargo Flight Arrives In UK Carrying Fruit And Vegetables to help stop the threat of a food shortage
A special Lufthansa Boeing 777 freighter flight arrived from Frankfurt into Doncaster Sheffield Airport, in Yorkshire, at around 2pm on Wednesday, December 23, carrying a cargo of 80 tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The jet was chartered by a company that supplies supermarket chains, Aldi UK, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and the Co-op, and loaded with produce including broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, strawberries, and citrus fruits, with a Lufthansa spokesman reportedly saying more of the same special charge flights were scheduled over the next few days.
A Doncaster Sheffield Airport spokesman also said that for January, there was a planned increase in daily cargo flights carrying perishable goods, from three flights a week, up to eight per week, meaning a total increase of around 700 tonnes a week.
The spokesman added, “We are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries for flights, as a result of border closures, and we are handling additional flights, such as today’s, where possible. Naturally, this is already a busy period for the airfreight sector as a result of Christmas and Covid-19. This planned increase is related to anticipated Brexit congestion, rather than the current issues affecting cargo waiting to cross the Dover Ferry”.
He continued, “These flights are largely non-EU freight that usually travels through the continent. We have seen a general increase in freight traffic in the period since the pandemic began in March by around 40% year on year, up to 30,000 increased from circa 20,000 tonnes in 2019”.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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