Goods and medical equipment travel through Genève Aéroport


20.04.2020

Genève Aéroport is still operative. In addition to repatriation flights, the airport hosts cargo planes supplying the region with goods. Medical flights carrying the medical equipment essential in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic are also landing several times a week.

The Covid-19 epidemic has led to a paralysis of passenger traffic in European airports. That said, even though traffic at Genève Aéroport has slowed, it hasn’t come to a complete stop. The airport’s freight activity continues daily to supply factories and supermarkets in the region and to guarantee markets to export companies. Express delivery services, like DHL and Fedex, continue their rotations on a near normal basis, enabling individuals, among others, to receive the products they have ordered online.

Since the start of the epidemic, Genève Aéroport has also been hosting medical flights. These aircraft carry the medical equipment urgently needed in Switzerland to deal with Covid-19. On 6 April, a Boeing 747 landed in Geneva with 92 tonnes of medical equipment. This cargo-only plane, originating from Shanghai, transported 2,5 million masks, 220’000 pairs of goggles, 10 million gloves and 1’100 forehead thermometers destined for thirteen hospitals in French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino as well as umbrella organisations of pharmacists. Organised by the French-speaking section of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) and the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIS), this operation will be repeated in late April and early May.

Air bridge between Geneva and China

A Boeing A330 from China also landed at the airport on 13 April. On board: 3 million masks, gloves, goggles and visors for medical institutions, companies and the general public. Organised by the Genevan entrepreneur Abdallah Chatila, the operation was repeated five times that week and will be a daily occurrence until mid-May. In total, 140 million masks and medical protection equipment will arrive in Switzerland.

Other essential medical operations related to the epidemic are also scheduled for the coming weeks. An Ethiopian Airlines cargo-only flight, chartered by the Confederation, will land in Geneva on 24 April, carrying 98 tonnes of medical equipment.

Finally, cargo flights for humanitarian purposes continue at the airport. The International Committee of the Red Cross regularly organises operations to support regions in conflict. In early April, 14 tonnes of medical equipment took off for Ukraine.
 

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