Medical cargo being delivered with appropriate safety measures

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New Delhi: During Covid-19 lockdown period, essential medical supplies including consignments of ICMR, HLL and others are continuously being delivered across the country. Domestic public and private airline operators such as Air India, IAF, Pawan Hans, Indigo and Blue Dart transport medicines, ICMR consignments, HLL consignments and other essential supplies to Srinagar, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar and other regions of the country on 8th April 2020. Ministry of Civil Aviation is also coordinating for delivery of cargo of Ministry of Health, Ministry of Textiles, Department of Posts etc. so that the collective purpose of making the essential medical supplies to people in all parts of the country is served. Further, due safety protocols are followed at every stage – from collection of cargo to entire process of transportation till delivery at the destination.

Total cargo transported by Lifeline UDAN flights is around 248 Tons tons during Covid-19 lockdown. 167 flights have been operated under Lifeline UDAN till date covering 1,50,006 Kms.

S.No. Date Air India Alliance IAF Indigo SpiceJet Total flights operated
1 26.3.2020 02 02 04
2 27.3.2020 04 09 01 14
3 28.3.2020 04 08 06 18
4 29.3.2020 04 10 06 20
5 30.3.2020 04 03 07
6 31.3.2020 09 02 01   12
7 01.4.2020 03 03 04 10
8 02.4.2020 04 05 03 12
9 03.4.2020 08 02 10
10 04.4.2020 04 03 02 09
11 05.4.2020 16 16
12 06.4.2020 03 04 13 20
13 07.4.2020 04 02 03 09
14 08.4.2020 03 03     06
  Total Flights 56 46 57 06 02 167

 

Air India and IAF collaborated primarily for J&K, Ladakh, North-East and other island regions.

Air India lifted 3.76 tons of supplies to Colombo on 8 April 2020. Air India will be operating dedicated scheduled cargo flights to other countries for uplifting of critical medical equipment as per the requirement.

Domestic Cargo Operators; Blue Dart, Spicejet and Indigo are operating cargo flights on commercial basis. Spicejet operated 220 cargo flights from 24 March – 8 April 2020 covering a distance of 2,99,775Kms and carrying 1805.6Tons of cargo. Out of these 61 were international cargo flights. Blue Dart operated 70 domestic cargo flights covering a distance of 67,273Kms and carrying 1,075 Tons of cargo from 25 March – 8 April 2020.

Indigo has also operated 15 cargo flights on 3 – 8 April 2020 covering a distance of 12,206Kms and carrying 4.37 tons of cargo.

  Domestic cargo by Spicejet (As on 08.4.2020)

Date No. of Flights Tonnage Kilometres
08-04-2020 11 100.63 10,329

         International cargo by Spicejet (As on 08.4.2020)

Date No. of Flights Tonnage Kilometres
08-04-2020 6 57.38 12,366

          

   Blue Dart cargo uplift (As on 08.4.2020)

Date No.  of Flights Tonnage Kilometres
08-04-2020 6 1,23.300 5,027.85

Indigo cargo uplift (As on 08.4.2020)

 

Date No. of Flights Tonnage Kilometres
  15 4.37 12,206

(Note – Indigo’s Tonnage also includes Govt. cargo consisting of medical supplies   carried on Free of Cost (FOC) basis.)

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