Thursday, April 02, 2020

Patna airport handles cargo, medical emergency flights

Patna: Amid the Covid-19 lockdown, the Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport may not be witnessing huge rush of flyers and movement of domestic flights, but Airports Authority of India (AAI) staff and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel are working around the clock.

During the last four days, the city airport has handled cargo flights from Mumbai and Delhi as well as medical emergency flights. It tweeted, “We are ready to serve the nation during this #21dayslockdown to fight #COVID-19. Our team handled a cargo flight carrying medical equipment operated by Alliance Air today early morning at 1.30am on March 28.”

Another cargo flight, carrying medical supplies and other equipment, landed here at 3.30pm on Tuesday.

“After the suspension of flight operations, two cargo flights, one each of Air India and IndiGo, with medical supplies have been handled by the Patna airport. We have also handled two medical emergency flights,” airport director Bhupesh C H Negi told this newspaper and added that the operational hours had been reduced from 16-17 hours every day to eight hours.
02/04/20 Times of India

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