Sri Lanka airline airlifts 7mn face masks to South Africa
ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said it had carried 45 tonnes of supplies including 7 million masks to South Africa from China to help the country’s battle against Coronavirus.
The cargo was carried from Beijing and Guangzhou in China to O R Tambo International Airport – Johannesburg.
Three SriLankan Airlines long haul A330 aircraft were involved in the airlift.
Cargo capacity had been boosted with cabin loading, the airline said.
Each seat can carry around 60 kilograms of cargo in place of a human passenger.
The aircraft had landed in Colombo, refueled, changed the crew and flew to South Africa.
SriLankan Airlines is one of the few airlines operating in the region.
Sri Lanka has been aggressively contact tracing Coronavirus patients and is one of the few countries in the world along with Vietnam and Cambodia that completely killed Wave I infections from China in January and February 2020.
All the patients discovered so far are Wave II patients from third countries. (Colombo/Apr14/2020)