Emirates SkyCargo has resumed cargo flights to and from Manchester, helping to “reconnect the North West and its businesses to key markets across the globe”.

    The first Boeing 777-300ER passenger freighter touched down in Manchester on Saturday 23 May, before the outbound flight took off with several tonnes of exports destined for China, Vietnam, Australia and Singapore. The load included medication and pharmaceuticals supplies.

    The air cargo carrier has said the twice-weekly cargo flights between Manchester and Dubai will help to facilitate UK trade by connecting local businesses with overseas markets.

    It follows the return of Emirates SkyCargo’s 10 weekly cargo flights currently operating to and from London Heathrow.

    Last month, it commenced dedicated cargo flights on a scheduled basis every week to 67 global destinations across six continents.

    The air cargo carrier recently introduced a series of enhanced health and safety protocols to protect its employees following the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

    New measures include regular hand washing, practicing social distancing and wearing of masks and gloves.

    In addition, the carrier has consolidated all cargo operations at its Dubai hub, and set up thermal temperature scanners and sanitisation facilities to enhance the safety of employees and protect global operations.

    Emirates SkyCargo UK cargo manager, Ross Barnett, said: “The return of the Emirates SkyCargo service to Manchester is an important moment for the region and will help boost the local economy by providing businesses with export opportunities.

    “As Emirates continues to expand its cargo operations, we are pleased to be able to support the transportation of vital commodities such as food and medicines alongside products that are essential for business continuity across a broad range of industries.

    “We look forward to more flights returning to the UK soon.”

    Visit skycargo.com for more information.