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490 flights carries 848T vital goods across the nation since lockdown

May 10, 2020: 490 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers.

Helicopter services including Pawan Hans have been operating in J&K, Ladakh, Islands and North East region transporting critical medical cargo and patients.
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Helicopter services including Pawan Hans have been operating in J&K, Ladakh, Islands and North East region transporting critical medical cargo and patients.

May 10, 2020: 490 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 289 of these flights have been operated by Air India and Alliance Air. Cargo transported on 8th May 2020 was 6.32 tonnes taking the total amount of cargo transported to around 848.42 tonnes. Alliance Air operated 2 fights on 8th May 2020 while 8 flights were operated by IAF. Aerial distance covered by Lifeline Udan flights till date is over 4,73,609 km. ‘Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated by MoCA to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against Covid-19.

Helicopter services including Pawan Hans have been operating in J&K, Ladakh, Islands and North East region transporting critical medical cargo and patients. Pawan Hans till May 8, 2020 has carried 2.32 tonnes of cargo covering a distance of 8,001 kms.

Domestic Cargo Operators SpiceJet, Blue Dart, Indigo and Vistara are operating cargo flights on a commercial basis. Spicejet operated 916 cargo flights from March 24 to May 8 covering a distance of 15,46,809 km and carrying 6,587tonnes of cargo. Out of these,337 were international cargo flights. Blue Dart operated 311 cargo flights covering a distance of 3,55,515 km and carrying 5,231 tonnes of cargo during 25 March to May 8. Out of these, 16 were international cargo flights. Indigo has operated 121 cargo flights from April 3 to May 8 covering a distance of 1,96,263 km and carrying around 585tonnes of cargo and including 46 international flights. This also includes medical supplies carried free of cost for the government. Vistara has operated 23 cargo flights from April 19 to May 8, covering a distance of 32,321 km and carrying around 150 tonnes of cargo.

A cargo air-bridge was established with East Asia for transportation of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and Covid-19 relief material. The total quantity of medical cargo brought in by Air India is 1075 tonnes. Blue Dart has uplifted medical supplies of around 131 tonnes from Guangzhou and Shanghai and 24 tonnes from Hong Kong, starting 14 April upto8th May 2020. Spicejet has also uplifted 205 tonnes of medical supplies from Shanghai and Guangzhou upto May 8 and 21tonnes medical supplies from Hong Kong and Singapore upto May 8.


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