London, 23 December 2020 (dpa/MIA) – A flight by German national airline Lufthansa carrying 80 tons of fruits and vegetables has departed for Britain in a bid to make sure British supermarkets stay stocked, the company said.
The Boeing 777 cargo plane is expected to land at Doncaster Sheffield airport in central England in the afternoon.
“Lufthansa Cargo is currently checking if further additional cargo flights can be offered in the next days,” the company said, adding that passenger jets could possibly also be used for cargo flights.
After France closed its borders to all traffic from Britain following the discovery of a new highly contagious coronavirus strain there, thousands of lorries also loaded with perishable goods are currently stuck in south-east England.
Trade associations are warning that there could be a shortage of some fresh products in British supermarkets after Christmas at the latest. Currently, about 80 per cent of British food imports come from the European Union.