Direct salmon flight between Iceland and China to take off Wednesday

Katrina Poulsen

For three weeks DBS Schenker and Icelandair have been waiting to get the final approval from the Chinese authorities to fly in salmon by a remodelled passenger plane from Reykjavik. Now the permit has finally been granted. 

“We now have the go-to fly into Nanjing and Shanghai. This is first time option of direct flights into China from Iceland. The cost and time will be significantly lower,” said Valdimar Oskarsson to SalmonBusiness.

Since the 5th of May, the logistic giant and Icelandair have been on hold. Waiting for a stamp from the Chinese Authorities to give them permission for the freighter carrying supplies to the US to be able to fly salmon to China on the way back.

“The Chinese Authorities are still keeping us waiting, we hope each day to get the GO from them, but nothing yet,” said Valdimar Oskarsson a week ago to SalmonBusiness.

But Monday afternoon the grant was given, and from Wednesday and Friday this week, the earlier passenger flight will be filled up with salmon stock to carry to Nanjing and Shanghai.

Oskarsson earlier informed that the airplane will carry 20-25 tonnes of salmon per flight and 30 flights are planned to fly with food cargo by Icelandair and Schenker in the upcoming month.



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