Domestic cargo flights strengthen India’s fight against Covid-19
Medical supplies-testing kits, masks, gloves and more being delivered across the country since 26th March 2020
24X7 management and decision making at policy level and ground level
04 APR 2020 1:58PM by PIB Delhi
The Ministry of Civil Aviation is undertaking continuous efforts at policy level and ground level to add substantially in the country’s fight against Covid-19. The cargo delivered to various parts of the country includes COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits & PPE, masks, gloves & other accessories of HLL & cargo requisitioned by State/UT Governments and also postal packets
With the delivery of essential medical supplies to various states and ICMR centres across the country, the following has been achieved:
- Delivery of reagents/ medical kits enables testing of patients on time and hence further steps are taken accordingly
- Doctors as well as other people can protect themselves and others with the use of masks and gloves delivered through these flights
- Medical supplies delivered to NE and remote areas ensures that no region of the country is left behind in this fight against Covid-19
Hub & spoke lifeline services have been started so that simultaneously, different and far located parts of the country can be catered to and resources are utilised optimally.
The date wise break up of flights is as below:
|S.No.||Date||Air India||Alliance||IAF||Indigo||SpiceJet||Total flights operated|
* Air India and IAF collaborated for Ladakh, Dimapur, Imphal, Gangtok, Guwahati , Bagdogra, Chennai and Port Blair.
|Total Kilometers covered||1,02,115 Kms|
|Cargo load carried on 03.04.2020||19.39 Tons|
|Total cargo load carried till 03.04.2020||119.42 + 19.39 = 138.81 Tons|
- A dedicated Medical Air Cargo related website LIFELINE UDAN has been launched and is functional. The link is available on the MoCA website (www.civilaviation.gov.in).
INTERNATIONAL– An air bridge between Shanghai & Delhi established. First cargoflight of Air India on 5 April, 2020. Air India will be operating dedicated scheduled cargo flights to China for uplifting of critical medical equipment.
PRIVATE OPERATORS- Domestic Cargo Operators; Blue Dart, Spicejet and Indigo are operating cargo flights on commercial basis. Spicejet operated 153 cargo flights from 24 March – 3 April 2020 covering a distance of 207947 Kms and carrying 1213.64 Tons of cargo. Out of these 44 were international cargo flights. Blue Dart operated 48 domestic cargo flights covering a distance of 45783 Kms and carrying 702.43 Tons of cargo from 25 March – 3 April 2020.Indigo has also operated 5 cargo flights on 03.4.2020 covering a distance of 4871 Kms and carrying 2.33 tons of cargo.