Thursday, July 16, 2020

Delhi Airport recorded highest ever freighter movement of 1,850 in June

Delhi International Airport has handled 1,850 cargo freighter aircraft in the month of June 2020, which is the highest in the country and highest-ever recorded movement in Delhi. This comprises of 1,091 scheduled and 759 non-scheduled freighter movements.

According to the white paper released by the airport, it has also recorded the highest volume of air cargo in India between April & June, the first quarter of the financial year 2021.

The airport handled more than 20 million pieces of essential medical supplies, the largest volume of essential medical supplies handled by any airport in India. The medical kits contained: 10.3 million facemasks, 6.2 million gloves, 4.9 million googles, 1.9 million bodysuits, 1.4 million shoe covers and 250 ventilators.

These imported medical kits were distributed all across the country including far-flung destinations of Northeast states - Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim – and major cities such as Mumbai, Bengaluru, Cochin, Hyderabad, Vijayawada etc.
“Dedicated teams operated 24X7 at Cargo Terminals of Delhi Airport and set up a 3800 sqm facility within a record time of 7 days to handle Covid-19 related medical essentials. These medical import cargos were stored in separate export zones while following the norms of government of India of social distancing, sanitization and safety,” said the whitepaper.

Soon after the lockdown was imposed, Ministry of Civil Aviation had designated Delhi Airport as one of the hubs for import and distribution of essential medical supplies for fight against Covid-19.
Major airlines which contributed significantly in this process by ferrying international cargo to Delhi are Air India, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific, FedEx, Emirates, UPS, Turkish Airlines, etc. covering the destinations like USA, Germany, UAE, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, France, Japan, Hong Kong etc.

While in the domestic sector, Spicejet, Blue Dart, Indigo, Air India Express and government’s ‘Lifeline Udaan’ flights comprising IAF have contributed significantly by increasing their freight movements during COVID19 lockdown to ensure adequate cargo movement for essential medical supplies.
16/07/20 ITLN
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