A flight from China arrived in Edmonton early Monday morning carrying medical supplies and protective equipment for frontline workers in Alberta.
The Cargojet flight was arranged by Alberta Health Services and departed from Shanghai, China, on Sunday, April 12.
The flight was made possible by essential workers in the healthcare, airline, logistics, and aviation sectors.
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“Our government is working very hard on an ongoing basis to secure the personal protective equipment required to keep our health care, continuing care and seniors care workers safe,” said Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Government of Alberta, who was on-site welcoming the plane to the airport.
“The arrival of these supplies is a testament to that work, and I want to thank all our partners involved in the process, including Edmonton International Airport.”
Although passenger movements at the airport have significantly reduced, cargo flights continue to move, providing essential supplies to Edmontonians and beyond.
“In this challenging time for our region and the world, Edmonton International Airport and our airline partners continue to operate scheduled air cargo services in Edmonton, with additional charter services,” said Tom Ruth, president and CEO of EIA.
“Although our passenger movements are substantially down, our cargo movements continue to grow and have never been more important to our community.”