British Airways has increased the number of
cargo-only flights from China to the UK to 21 per week, up from
From next month, 14 flights each week will depart from
Shanghai, and seven from Beijing carrying cargo in the hold and,
where possible, in the cabin too.
The flights will be able to carry up to
770 tonnes of cargo for the NHS each week, including PPE and
The flights are operated in partnership with
the UK Government and IAG Cargo.
Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief
Executive, said, “As an airline we are in an unique position to
help in the global response to COVID19, whether it is through
carrying UK residents back home, transporting vital cargo back to
the NHS, or through our colleagues who are offering their skills
to volunteer. We’re proud to be playing our part, and I’m grateful
to everyone who is working to make these flights happen in these
Last week, British Airways began carrying cargo in
the cabin of its flights, as well as in the hold – the first time
the airline has ever done this.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said, “These
flights will help us deliver essential equipment to the NHS and
for others who are working on the front line. Coronavirus is a
global challenge and we are focused on working with our
international partners to stop the spread of the virus and save