Delhi International Airport handles 100 Covid-19 relief flights last month
Delhi International Airport, run by the GMR Group, hosted 100 COVID-19 relief flights in the past month, which carried 1,750 metric tons (MT) of relief cargo from more than 36 international destinations. During the second wave of the pandemic, the airport ensured efficient and rapid management of medical aid received from around the world, with the active support of its stakeholders, Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) said on Tuesday in a statement.
The country’s busiest airport is the largest cargo hub airport in the South Asia region, with two integrated cargo terminals having an annual handling capacity of 1.8 million tons, which is expandable to 2.3 million tonnes. With the handling of the 100th relief flight on Tuesday, the airport recorded the highest COVID relief movements among any domestic airports amid the pandemic, DIAL said.
Delhi International Airport hosted 100 COVID-19 relief flights between April 27 and May 25 this year with 1,750 metric tons of relief supplies from more than 36 countries. The 100th flight carrying 10 metric tons of medical aid from Russia arrived on Tuesday, DIAL said.
During this period, the airport successfully processed some of the largest military and commercial aircraft, including the Antonov-124, C-130 Globemasters, C-5, C-17 and IL- 76, he said. These planes carried shipments of various relief materials such as oxygen production plants, oxygen generators, concentrators and cylinders, ventilators, Remdesivir injections, patient beds and drugs like Veklury / Toclizumab, among others.
These flights arrived from several countries such as USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Spain, Italy , Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, according to DIAL.
Relief supplies were also transported from the Czech Republic, Romania, Singapore, Mauritius, Hong Kong, Japan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, Doha, Kazakhstan , China, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan, Kuwait and Dubai, It said.
“Delhi Airport has been working proactively as a frontline warrior in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing 100 COVID relief flights in less than a month has been possible due to the largest airport cargo network in the country with different parts of the world and state-of-the-art airport cargo handling facilities ”Said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO of DIAL.
The operator of the private airport said that to handle these emergency flights, the airport has set up a 3,500 square meter temporary storage and logistics warehouse, the JEEVODAY warehouse.
In terms of airside infrastructure, Delhi Airport is the first and only airport in the country to have 12 dedicated cargo parking areas, providing sufficient capacity for airlines to transport cargo to and from the airport. , said DIAL.
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