German airline Lufthansa flies 80 tons of fruit and veg to the UK amid lorry chaos

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GERMAN airline Lufthansa has flown 80 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables into the UK for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Aldi.

Its Boeing 777 freighter, carrying lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, citrus fruit, and strawberries, landed at Doncaster Sheffield Airport from Frankfurt just before 2pm.

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Lufthansa airlifted 80 tons of fruit and veg to the UK[/caption]

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A Boeing 777 freighter delivered lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, citrus fruit and strawberries[/caption]

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The supplies will go to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-op and Aldi[/caption]

The Lufthansa airlift was commissioned by Venus, an Egyptian fruit supplier which is used by UK supermarkets.

Frankfurt is a major food distribution centre that receives produce from all over Europe including Spain, the Netherlands and France.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said: “We are also checking if a regular flight might be possible.

“This could be with a freighter but we are also examining if we could use passenger aircraft for freight flights only.”


The relief flight came as thousands of lorries remained stuck in Kent, despite moves to restart Channel crossings.

Tesco has started rationing some items amid fears of food shortages before Christmas.

The Food and Drink Federation said there would be “significant disruption” to supermarket supplies from next week.

PA:Press Association

It comes as thousands of lorries remained stuck in Dover, Kent[/caption]

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