March 24, 2020 / 8:02 AM / 5 days ago

Heathrow Airport says weekly cargo movements surge

FILE PHOTO - British Airways aircraft takes off over Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain March 14, 2020. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Heathrow Airport said it expected cargo movements to rise by 53% next week as the country’s biggest port receives more medical supplies and equipment to help tackle coronavirus.

The 53% rise in cargo movements is compared to the usual weekly average, and is likely to include imports of medicines, vaccines, sanitisers, syringes and respirators.

As passenger flights grind to a halt due to coronavirus, Heathrow said in a statement on Tuesday that it was scaling up its cargo operation.

Reporting by Sarah Young; Editing by Alistair Smout

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