Tuesday, March 31, 2020

62 special flights carried over 15,000 kg of medical supplies in 5 days

Domestic airlines, cargo operators and Indian Air Force aircraft carried 15.4 tonne of medical supplies on 62 special flights between March 26 and March 30.

The cargo essentially included COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits and personal protection equipments, masks, gloves and other accessories of HLL and cargo requisitioned by state and union territories and postal packets.

Terming these lifeline services, the ministry has created cargo hubs at Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata and these Hubs feed to spokes at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Aizwal, Imphal, Coimbatore and  Thiruvananthapuram.

Air India and SpiceJet operated two flights each on March 26 and 13 flights were operated by Air India and regional arm Alliance Air on March 27. The number of special flights and cargo transportation also increased on March 28 with 18 flights including four from Air India, eight from Alliance Air and six from IndiGo.

On March 29, a total of 20 flights were operated to Ladakh using four flights of Air India, 10 of Alliance Air and six of Indian Air Force.

Cargo flights operated to carry medical supplies to southern, eastern and north east regions on March 30. An Air India A320 operated on Mumbai-Delhi-Bengaluru-Mumbai route and carried HLL consignment of 6593 kg, consignments of Kerala and Karnataka, consignment of Bipaps for Meghalaya and consignment of ministry of textiles for Coimbatore were also transported.

Similarly, an Indian Air Force flight also operated on March 30 on Hindon-Dimapur-Imphal-Guwahati and carried consignments of HLL and ICMR kits for Shillong.
31/03/20 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18
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