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Infrastructure Today Magazine | 443 Flights Operated Under ‘Lifeline Udan
443 Flights Operated Under ‘Lifeline Udan
May 05, 2020
Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Air Force (IAF) and private airliners have operated 443 flights under the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA) ‘Lifeline Udan’ programme. Out of the total, 265 flights were operated by Air India and Alliance Air. Cargo transported till date was around 821.07 tonnes, covering over 434,531 km.
The ‘Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated under MoCA’s supervision to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against COVID-19, with special focus on the Northeast region, island territories and the hill states.
Helicopter services, including Pawan Hans, have operated flights in Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, island territories and the Northeast region to transport critical medical cargo and patients. Till May 3 Pawan Hans had carried 2.27 tonnes of cargo, covering a distance of 7,729 km.
Domestic cargo operators SpiceJet, Blue Dart, Indigo and Vistara operated cargo flights on a commercial basis. SpiceJet operated 775 cargo flights from March 24-May 3, covering a distance of 1,331,226 km and carrying 5,617 tonnes of cargo. Out of these, 283 were international cargo flights. Blue Dart operated 256 cargo flights, covering a distance of 283,358 km and carrying 4,405 tonnes of cargo from March 25-May 3. Out of these, 13 were international cargo flights. Indigo operated 88 cargo flights from April 3-May 3, covering a distance of 146,547 km and carrying around 442 tonnes of cargo, including 33 international flights. This also included medical supplies carried free of cost for the government. Vistara operated 20 cargo flights from April 19-May 3, covering a distance of 28,590 km and carrying around 139 tonnes of cargo.
A cargo air-bridge was established with East Asia for transportation of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and COVID-19 relief materials. The quantity of medical cargo brought in by Air India was 930 tonnes. Blue Dart uplifted medical supplies of around 114 tonnes from Guangzhou and Shanghai and 24 tonnes from Hong Kong, from April 14-May 3. SpiceJet had also uplifted 204 tonnes of medical supplies from Shanghai and Guangzhou up to May 3 and 16 tonnes of medical supplies from Hong Kong and Singapore up to May 3.
Ministry Of Civil Aviation
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