Qatar Airways Cargo resumed flights to China on March 30 using dedicated cargo aircraft as well as aircraft initially configured for passenger transportation.
“Cargo only” flights to Beijing resumed on March 30, to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Chengdu on March 31, and to Guangzhou and Chongqing on April 1. Qatar Airways Cargo normally flies to four destinations in China all year round with 100% freighter aircraft (Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Macao) and also take advantage of passenger flights to carry cargo in the hold. In the context of the coronavirus pandemic and its consequences, passenger flights that had been interrupted will be able to resume, but without passengers, only with goods.
These “cargo only” flights serve 6 cities in China in total, namely Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Hangzhou. Additional freight capacity is therefore added to meet the increased demand for the shipment of basic necessities to and from mainland China at this time. Checked cargo flights are performed on the basis of rotations under flight numbers and according to the frequencies previously allocated to commercial flights, without any crew member or passenger on board. These additional flights will transport 600 tonnes of additional goods per week, bringing the total weekly capacity outside China to over 1,300 tonnes.