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A Volga-Dnepr air cargo plane took off from Leipzig/Halle Airport (LEJ) with 35 tonnes of vaccines heading for Ashgabat in Turkmenistan today. The vaccines are being transported on behalf of a UN organisation.

“As Europe’s fourth-largest air freight hub, Leipzig/Halle Airport is playing an increasingly important role in transhipping medical relief aid and temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. We want to further enhance this function and therefore agreed a cooperation arrangement with our partner, the Volga-Dnepr Group, this year too,” says Mario Patyk, head of business development cargo/logistics.

The Volga-Dnepr Group and the airport signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the humanitarian hub at Leipzig Halle. Two relief aid flights already took off from Leipzig/Halle heading for Windhoek in Namibia in August. The Antonov 124 aircraft were carrying urgently needed medical relief aid, including masks and ventilators, for the country that has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Overall, the aid consignment funded by the German government consisted of more than 600 pallets, which were flown to southern Africa by the Russian airline, Volga-Dnepr.



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