Saudia Cargo operations to continue to safe destinations

Saudia Cargo is operating additional flights to Dubai and other destinations because all cargo operations on passenger aircraft have come to a halt.
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Updated 26 March 2020

Saudia Cargo operations to continue to safe destinations

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) has taken proactive steps to ensure the continuity of all cargo and supply operations and the arrival of necessary goods and products including medical equipment, medicine and foodstuffs, said CEO Omar bin Talal Hariri.

The steps come in line with the official decisions, which excluded all cargo operations from suspension imposed on other business activities as part of the precautionary measures the Kingdom has taken to prevent a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

“We have high-level coordination with all related parties as per the recommended precautionary measures the Saudi health authorities have taken, which permitted the cargo operations and the flow of goods to run uninterrupted,” Hariri added.

All cargo flights to Europe will continue through Frankfurt and Liège stations in addition to Dhaka station. Work at these stations is run as scheduled in order to mitigate the impact of the imposed suspension aiming to prevent the spread of the virus.

The decision suspending passenger flights as a preventive measure has made Saudia Cargo operate a number of additional cargo flights to Dubai and other destinations because all cargo operations on passenger aircraft came to a complete halt.

“The Saudia Cargo staff work around the clock as part of the company’s national responsibility and regional role in enhancing logistics during these circumstances that the whole world is going through,” Hariri said.

Saudia Cargo, he added, always acts based on official decisions, instructions and directives so that it can ensure an alignment between meeting humanitarian needs and protecting public safety. Cargo flights will continue to operate on humanitarian and commercial bases, and cover certain key commercial and safe ports and cargo stations around the world.

Lulu initiates faster delivery in KSA, partners with various food delivery apps

Updated 30 March 2020

Lulu initiates faster delivery in KSA, partners with various food delivery apps

RIYADH: LuLu, the region’s top retailer, joined hands with various delivery partners to further widen the reach and speed up its online grocery delivery, in view of the current curfew restrictions all the over the country to combat corona virus.

As part of the new initiative, shoppers can now order their groceries through popular apps, such as Hunger Station, To you, Careem now and Wasel. LuLu has created an exclusive list of essentials and daily groceries from which shoppers can order for speedy deliveries at their doorsteps.

Commenting on the new initiatives, Shehim Mohammed, Director of LuLu Hypermarkets in Saudi Arabia, said: “In wake of the current pandemic, we are exploring all possible avenues to ensure that residents in the Kingdom get their orders as quickly as possible. Apart from the food delivery apps, we have also tied up with Aramex, Samsa and many rent-a-car companies to expedite the delivery of online shopping orders.”

Hunger Station and To You has gone live with LuLu groceries on 29th March and others will be up and running in the next couple of days as confirmed by the authorities.

“We are fully aware of our responsibilities as a leading retailer and have ensured that our stores and warehouses are well stocked. We are working very closely with government authorities, suppliers and logistics partners to ensure uninterrupted and sustained supplies while maintaining the highest standards of hygiene, health and safety. We thank all our shoppers for their support and urge them to remain calm and stable, as there is absolutely no need for any anxiety or panic,” added Shehim Mohammed.