Friday, April 03, 2020

Easing supply blues: Airlines get approval to carry goods

New Delhi: In an attempt to normalise cargo movement across the country, the government has allowed airlines, including private carriers, to carry goods in their aircraft.
This will not only ensure supplies to the general public but also help the government ferry essential medical equipment.
“Private airlines are carrying essential medical cargo gratis, and will continue to do so,” said aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola added that the new order by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) allows airlines to carry other non-essential cargo, too.
“They can carry cargo of other companies for a fee with this order and they will continue to carry our medical cargo for free,” Kharola added.
However, Air India and Alliance Air are ferrying cargo at a “minimal” cost, which is the cost of operating such flights, he said.
Allowing airlines to carry cargo would fetch some much-needed revenue for them, since they have been struggling since the government announced a lockdown, grounding all flights.
02/04/20 Economic Times
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