Qatar Airways Cargo Expands Its Pharma Network
Qatar Airways Cargo recently announced the addition of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dublin, Republic of Ireland to their pharma network. This brings the carrier’s pharmaceutical transport network to 73 destinations globally. Colombo was added to its pharma network on May 15th, and Dublin’s pharma operation is set to begin on June 12, 2017. This will coincide with Qatar Airways commencement of its B787 Dreamliner flights to the capital city of the Republic of Ireland.
The Republic of Ireland has quickly become a leading global hub for the pharmaceutical industry, with nine of the top ten largest pharmaceutical companies operating in the country. Sri Lanka is a large importer of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, and launched a pharmaceutical manufacturing project at the country’s Export Processing Zone last year.
Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo, Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann said, “We are experiencing consistent growth each year in the air freight of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products globally. The expansion of our pharma network to these destinations gives us the opportunity to support expanding pharma businesses in Sri Lanka, the Republic of Ireland and globally. Customers stand to benefit from a seamless cool chain as well as uncompromised service standards. Qatar Airways Cargo customers in the Republic of Ireland will also greatly benefit in terms of time and cost savings, as they will no longer have to truck their freight from the Republic of Ireland to United Kingdom.”