Saturday, April 04, 2020

Hyderabad Air Cargo handles shipment of essential supplies

Hyderabad: During this tumultuous time, when the world is reeling under the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic and India is in a state of complete lock-down, there is a dire need for movement of medical equipment and essential goods. In the wake of this, recently, DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), Govt. of India has permitted cargo operations using existing passenger category aircraft subject to specific guidelines issued by the regulator.
Under this new arrangement, GMR led Hyderabad Air Cargo handled its first international shipment of essential supplies via passenger aircraft operating a cargo flight on 2nd April 2020.

Qatar Cargo QR 8311 landed at 1.35 AM on 2nd April with medical & other essential supplies bound for Hyderabad, the capital city of Telangana. The same aircraft uplifted 28 Tons of essential supplies from Hyderabad and departed at around 3 AM on the same day to Doha and connected the shipments from thereon to other corners of the globe.

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. SGK Kishore, CEO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), said, “Extraordinary situations require extraordinary solutions. We are happy that DGCA has proactively permitted cargo operations using passenger category aircraft. This has opened a window of opportunity for the aviation community to leverage the fleet of idled passenger aircraft to help meet the desperate need for air cargo capacity to carry essential medicines and other supplies across the globe during this moment of global crisis. Having successfully handled the first such flight to operate into Hyderabad under the new DGCA guidelines, we remain committed to supporting continued operations of our nation’s air cargo lifeline in the days to come.”
03/04/20 Mohammed Hussain/Siasat Daily

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