There is a heavy demand for air freight to and from China. However, due to the Corona situation, almost all ordinary air traffic have come to a standstill, complicating the transport for Danish companies – for both import and export. Consequently, the present air freight capacity is not able to fulfil the demand from the trade and industry.
Blue Water has therefore in the exceptional circumstances made an agreement with SAS Cargo for a regular scheduled service with two weekly departures between Copenhagen and Shanghai. First departure will be on 6 May. For the present, eight departures are planned.
“It is a difficult situation for many of our customers, as transporting their goods either to or from China is very complicated. And this goes for both import of vital supplies to the health systems and import of goods to our regular commercial customers. But also on the export side, we see an increasing demand. Therefore, we have decided to invest in this temporary scheduled service”, says Palle Kamstrup, Global Director for Blue Water’s Sea & Air Divisions.
We have chosen SAS Cargo as partner due to our long-term cooperation with this airline, built on mutual respect and understanding. Furthermore, Blue Water wants to support the Danish aviation industry rather than foreign ones. The scheduled service will be operating between Copenhagen and Shanghai, as both destinations have the necessary facilities, and both airports represent mainstays in SAS’ route network.
“We are proud and pleased to enter into this close collaboration with our long-standing and loyal partner Blue Water Shipping and thus help to keep an air freight corridor open between Denmark and China,” says Leif Rasmussen, President & CEO of SAS Cargo Group A / S.
“Ever since the outbreak of Covid-19, air freight has been a vital partner in securing the transportation of essential medical equipment and medicine and keeping the vital transport corridors open to the most critical time and temperature sensitive products. In these critical times, SAS Cargo gives priority to keeping as many of these important air corridors as possible open and thus helping to ensure stable, safe and fast air transport”, says Leif Rasmussen.
Succeeding in establishing this air bridge has been a challenge due to the very demanding process with obtaining licences under the present circumstances.
“Thanks to strong efforts from our own employees as well as from SAS Cargo, we have succeeded in getting all licences, and our entire set-up is now operational. We now look forward to servicing our customers and others in need of fast and secure air transport”, says Palle Kamstrup, who expects to see a strong demand for capacity on this air service.
He adds that Blue Water, in addition to air freight, of course also offers transport solutions by courier, sea and rail.
Source: Blue Water