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Heathrow airport has called on its airline partners to use
available capacity to operate cargo flights to transport food and medical
supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The London hub is stepping up its cargo capacity as a result
of quieter passenger schedules. It said its cargo movements are forecast to
increase by 53 per cent next week as more airlines and freighters use the spare
capacity to transport goods.
According to Heathrow, pharmaceutical products are one of
its top imports, with the airport handling 41 per cent of the UK’s incoming pharmaceutical
goods by value.
The airport said it is taking steps to help its airline
partners during the outbreak, including free parking for aircraft that have
been grounded and bringing forward growth incentive payments.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “This is an unprecedented
time for the international community, with Covid-19 requiring us all to work
together, adapt and adopt extraordinary measures to quell the spread of this
virus. For the first time in a decade, our airport has additional capacity in
its schedule, capacity which we’ve begun to see used to help push vital supplies
across the globe to help support frontline teams in the battle against this
“We stand ready to support the country through this crisis.
Our intention is to remain open at all times to serve those passenger flights
that will continue to operate. And as the UK’s biggest port, we will
temporarily increase the number of dedicated cargo flights. These will bring in
vital supplies of food and medical equipment to help Britain weather this