Monday, August 09, 2021

Mumbai Cargo: The key lynchpin in the supply chain for COVID-19 vaccines and essential pharma supplies

The recent overwhelming challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic revealed air freight and cargo as a crucial aspect of the aviation industry. In fact, it would be fair to say that for the aviation industry, air cargo was that single bright ray of sunlight shining through the otherwise ominous clouds of the pandemic’s impact. Keeping critical supply chains open, the air cargo community remained fully functional, even during nationwide lockdowns, to cater to the greater need to mobilise and supply essential life-saving items right from the very start of the outbreak.

Situated in the heart of the financial capital of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, otherwise known as Mumbai International Airport (BOM) handles a large portion of EXIM pharmaceutical air cargo movements in India and has a vast experience in handling sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. Moreover, the air cargo terminal in Mumbai is equipped with avant-garde infrastructure including Asia’s largest temperature-controlled Export Pharma Excellence Centre, a Pharma-dedicated Import Cold Zone, an indigenously developed ‘Cooltainer’ facility and the largest hub for Envirotainer movements with over 60 power outlets for processing pharma active containers to name a few. Since the outbreak of the global pandemic, Mumbai Airport has left no stone unturned to support the air cargo industry in transporting life-saving medical supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and vital medical equipment as well as oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators and COVID-19 vaccines across the globe.

09/08/21 International Airport Review

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