Saturday, March 28, 2020

Government allows passenger flights to ferry medical items, essential goods

In view of the unprecedented crisis due to the spread of coronavirus, the union civil aviation ministry has allowed passenger flights to transport essential items and medical supplies across the country.

“We have allowed passenger flights to transport cargo as we need to ferry a massive amount of cargo,” a senior government official said.

It is important to note here that so far, cargo movement was taking place through freighters and among major airlines, SpiceJet was the sole carrier with a separate cargo arm called SpiceXpress.

With over 300 aircraft on ground, IndiGo and GoAir had written to the government for permission to ferry essential cargo.

In order to facilitate smooth cargo movement throughout the lockdown period, the civil aviation ministry has created an Air Cargo Management Group for COVID-19 with a dedicated team for smooth movement of cargo.

The ministry is adopting a hub and spoke approach to move essential commodities across the country and Resident Commissioners of States and union territories are part of the group.
28/03/20 CNBC TV18
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