Denmark’s efforts to control the spread of coronavirus have been significantly aided by the rapid supply of medical equipment to Danish hospitals from around the world. The Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) cargo handling team at Copenhagen Airport (CPH) has said it has handled some 350 tonnes of medical cargoes onboard 15 flights These were operated by a combination of all-freight charters and cargo-only passenger aircraft. A further 200 tonnes of PPE equipment is expected in the next two weeks.
Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways and Star Air have all operated flights from China to Copenhagen. A significant number of the flights into Denmark are part of the Maersk Bridge operation initiated and coordinated by A.P. Moller Holding with support from A.P. Moller – Maersk sourcing the PPE in China, and Damco transporting it to Rigshospitalet in Denmark. The air bridge and supply chain operation has been securing delivery of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to health care workers in Denmark – and thereby reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in Danish hospitals. Region H, the capital of Denmark, is responsible for the selection of materials, review of supplier certificates and quality control.
WFS’ said its cargo handling staff at Copenhagen have processed medical supplies carried by a wide range of aircraft types; Antonov-124, Boeing 777 and 747 freighters as well as Boeing 767 and 777 and Airbus A350 passenger aircraft.