Tasmanian cherry exporters are truly happy to hear their produce arrived in perfect condition in Japan, following a new direct flight from Hobart to Hong Kong. The new air-freight service between Hobart and Hong Kong has taken away growers' fears that their cherries might be caught in transit delays and spoiled. The air freighter is part of the targeted, temporary, emergency funding measure established by the Australian Government in response to COVID-19.
Tasmanian cherry grower and Reid Fruits managing director, Tim Reid, plans to send cherries on every flight. He already had about 2.5 tonnes of Japanese variety cherries on the plane.
The 777-300 Cathay Pacific plane will do three runs a week between Hobart and Hong Kong until February. Tim Reid hopes, COVID-19 or not, it will happen again in the 2021/2022 cherry season.
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