Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Delhi International Airport handles 100 COVID-19 relief flights in last month

GMR group-run Delhi International Airport has handled 100 COVID-19 relief flights in the last one month, which have carried 1,750 metric tonnes (MT) of relief cargo from over 36 international destinations. During the second wave of the pandemic, the airport ensured efficient and swift handling of medical aid being received from across the world, with active support from its stakeholders, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) said in a release on Tuesday.

The country's busiest airport is the largest cargo hub airport of south Asia region, with two integrated cargo terminals having an annual handling capacity of 1.8 million MT, which is scalable to 2.3 million MT.

With the handling of 100th relief flight on Tuesday, the airport recorded the highest movements of COVID relief aid among all domestic airports amid the pandemic, DIAL said.

Delhi International Airport handled 100 COVID-19 relief flights between April 27 and May 25 this year with 1,750 metric tonnes of relief material from over 36 countries. The 100th flight carrying 10 metric tonnes of medical aid from Russia arrived on Tuesday, DIAL said.

During this period, the airport successfully handled some of the largest military and commercial aircraft, which include Antonov-124, C-130 Globemasters, C-5, C-17, and IL-76 among other freighters, it said.

These planes brought in consignments of various relief materials such as oxygen generating plants, oxygen generators, concentrators and cylinders, ventilators, Remdesivir injection, patient beds, and medicines like Veklury/Toclizumab, among others.

These flights arrived from several countries such as the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Australia, DIAL said.

25/05/21 PTI/Economic Times-

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