Swissport is the key cargo handler at the Liège and Accra airports, which have been chosen by United Nations’ World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) as logistics hubs for shipping medical supplies in the fight against Covid-19.

Swissport is providing cargo services to transport the medical and humanitarian material to countries in need of help.

Belgium’s Liège Airport (LGG) and Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, Ghana, are part of a network of eight UN global logistics hubs that ship aid supplies globally.

Shipments on the LGG-ACC routing are handled by Swissport on arrival and departure. It is in charge of three weekly Air Ghana flights, which carries WFP cargo, between Liège Airport and Kotoka International Airport.

The global collapse of commercial air travel and border closures have been hindering aid agencies and health authorities from bringing supplies to fragile areas, the company noted.

Swissport Global Operations Cargo vice-president Hendrik Leyssens said: “Swissport plays an important role as part of a resilient global logistics chain. We are pleased to contribute to these relief efforts with our expertise in safe and reliable logistics.

“The transport of medical and humanitarian equipment to Africa is crucial, especially now that the importance of efficient logistics is greater than ever.”

The first flight, which departed from Liège on 30 April, carried 16 metric tonnes of medical cargo and personal protective equipment on behalf of UNICEF and the International Committee of the Red Cross. It was shipped to Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Republic of Congo.

Around 100 million face masks and gloves will be passing through Liège Airport every month, along with 25 million breathing devices and 25 million Covid-19 test kits.