Qatar announces new dedicated pharma routes
09 / 11 / 2015
Qatar Airways Cargo has announced the launch of two new dedicated pharma routes from India to Doha as it looks to capitalise on industry growth in the Middle East.
The first new Pharma Express route will commence on November 10 and will operate from Mumbai via Ahmedabad to Doha on Tuesdays and Fridays, while the second route will start the following day and operate from Hyderabad to Doha on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Qatar Airways chief officer cargo Ulrich Ogiermann said: “To date, we are the only airline offering this dedicated service to the pharmaceutical industry.
“The Pharma Express flights will cater to the growing pharmaceutical industry in the region. Air cargo standards for handling time and temperature-sensitive commodities such as pharmaceuticals are becoming more stringent, with stricter guidelines on temperature control."
The airline also offers a dedicated pharma route on Brussels-Basel-Doha.
The Indian pharmaceuticals market is the world’s third largest in terms of volume and 13th largest in terms of value, according to a report by Equitymaster.
Two weeks ago, the airline revealed plans for a huge new cargo facility at Hamad International as it continues to climb up the IATA table for the world’s largest cargo airlines.