Diversifying its global transport capabilities, flydubai Cargo on Monday announced that has achieved a new milestone in obtaining the regulatory approvals to transport dangerous goods from February 1, 2021.
With the certification from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), flydubai can now transport dangerous goods in addition to general cargo, courier, live animals, postal mail, perishables, priority cargo and valuable cargo.
flydubai Diversifying Portfolio
The ongoing diversification of its service portfolio and continuous investment in adopting the latest technology, training and system automisation, supports the airlines commitment to providing its customers with seamless and effective supply chain solutions.
Mohamed Hassan, Vice President of Cargo at flydubai, said: “The role that air cargo plays in the supply chain industry has been especially highlighted during the pandemic to ensure vital goods continue to be transported to where they are needed the most.”
Mr. Hassan added that the airline continued to invest in the latest technologies and look at opportunities to grow it capabilities and reach. This certification will allow the carrier to continue to work closely with our strategic partners to deliver a wider range of products to our customers while following the highest safety standards set by the regulators and the aircraft manufacturer.
“The team at flydubai has undergone an intensive training programme to achieve this new milestone and we will continue to enhance our product offering in line with the latest global standards and best practices,” Mr. Hassan said.
Earlier this year, flydubai Cargo has joined the World Logistics Passport (WLP), a major initiative established by Dubai to increase trading opportunities between developing markets.
Designed as a points loyalty scheme, the initiative has been set up to incentivise companies and traders to use Dubai’s world-leading logistics facilities in return for cost and time savings and enhanced customs clearances.
The airline has built a growing global network due to interline agreements with other airlines and its partnership with Emirates SkyCargo. This has helped the division extend its reach beyond its passenger network and provide cargo solutions to points in Asia, Australasia, Central and Eastern Europe, and the Far East, in addition to destinations in North Africa, the GCC, the Middle East, the Subcontinent and USA.
flydubai Cargo was launched in 2012 and has achieved a number of milestones to date. Its efforts have supported the airline’s vision of creating free flows of trade in the region by making transportation of goods via Dubai’s logistics hub simpler, more accessible and affordable.
Meanwhile, the airline announced the resumption of twice- weekly flights to Tbilisi International Airport (TBS) in Georgia post the ease of travel restrictions by Georgian authorities.
“We have steadily grown our network to more than 65 destinations and are pleased to restart our operations to Tbilisi. We will continue to launch flights to more destinations as restrictions ease in countries within our geographic reach,” Jeyhun Efendi, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations and E-commerce at flydubai, said.
In line with the recent announcement, passengers from Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates can now travel to Tbilisi if they have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before the departure time of the flight. Visitors will need to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on day three of their trip. Alternatively, passengers who hold a COVID-19 vaccination certificate will also be able to travel.
Flydubai also revealed there has been a “positive response” to the relaunch of flights to Qatar. A spokesperson for Flydubai told Arabian Business: “We have had a positive response to our return to the market and we look forward to the traffic building.”
It follows similar moves by Air Arabia to resume services to Doha and Etihad Airways, which will restart flights on February 15. While Qatar Airways relaunched services to the UAE, with flights to Dubai International Airport; flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport will return to the skies from January 28.