Hong Kong, Brussels airports launch pharma corridor
_A Monitor Report 16 Jan, 2019 | 291 Views | -+
Dhaka : Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Brussels Airport have launched an airport-to-airport (A2A) pharma corridor for temperature-sensitive medicines that will pioneer a global network of specialist pharma corridors, says a statement of HKIA.
Pharma shipments travelling the Hong Kong-Brussels airports corridor will be handled in strict compliance with the CEIV Pharma standards and carried by CEIV Pharma-certified airlines.
As part of the new service, Hong Kong's airport is adding 19 common-use, temperature-controlled cool dollies to its ground fleet for the ramp transfer of pharma goods by airlines, plus it is also building apron shelters to protect pharma shipments from direct weather elements.
The initiative is in collaboration with Pharma. Aero, which fosters collaboration between airport communities that have achieved IATA's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification. Both HKIA and Brussels Airport have attained CEIV Pharma.
A statement from HKIA said that the initiative aims to "pioneer service offerings and standards that provide assurance in handling quality of the temperature-sensitive pharma products".
Added the statement: "Shippers will be assured of seamless A2A temperature-controlled handling and provided with handling information, hence assuring the integrity of the shipments. In collaboration with Pharma.Aero and with the participation of pharma shippers, key performance indicators will be defined, targeting to set A2A pharma handling standards."
Alaina Shum, General Mana-ger, Aviation Logistics, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said, "We are pleased to collaborate with Brussels Airport, Europe's key air cargo hub for handling pharmaceutical shipments, to establish this A2A pharma corridor.
"It marks another milestone in our continuous endeavours to make HKIA a preferred pharmaceutical transshipment hub and to strengthen our status as the world's busiest cargo airport,” the GM added.
Shum said, "Moreover, to ensure airport-wide seamless temperature-controlled handling, we are taking delivery of 19 additional cool dollies for common-use by the airlines, meaning that all airlines will always have the option to deploy cool dollies for their temperature-sensitive shipments. We are also building apron shelters to protect the pharmaceutical shipments from direct weather elements."
Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo and Logistics, Brussels Airport said, "Our aim is to grow the volume of pharmaceutical shipments at Brussels Airport by focusing on quality and transparency."