Lufthansa to Airlift Food to UK amid Port Congestions

Lufthansa announced that they will be flying in 80 tons of fruit and vegetables to help restock UK markets due to expected port congestion despite the lifting of the French blockade.

Lufthansa announced that they will be flying in 80 tons of fruit and vegetables to help restock UK markets due to expected port congestion despite the lifting of the French blockade. 

Lufthansa’s  B777 freighter aircraft is expected to arrive at Doncaster Sheffield airport by noon from Frankfurt carrying lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

“Lufthansa Cargo is currently examining whether additional special cargo flights can be offered during the next days. We are also checking if a regular flight might be possible,” added Lufthansa.

Despite the UK calling for the resumption of transport to the UK, thousands of trucks are still stuck at Dover and are still unable to cross to Calais for a second day. 

The blockage started after France, closed down borders after a faster-spreading strain of COVID-19 emerged in the UK. 

Doncaster Sheffield Airport will now be handling 700 tons a week in food freight, up from 300 tonnes a week after logistics companies switched to air freight after anticipating the blockage in Dover.

The head of Britain’s Food and Drink Federation, Ian Wright, warned that if the port crisis wasn’t resolved immediately, there would be shortages of food.


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