415 flights operated under Lifeline Udan to support India’s fight against Covid-19
Under Lifeline Udan to support India’s fight against Covid - 19, 415 flights were operated by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 241 of these flights have been operated by Air India and Alliance Air. Cargo transported is around 779.86 tons. Aerial distance covered by Lifeline Udan flights is over 4, 07,139 km. ‘Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated by MoCA in domestic sector to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country.
Pawan Hans have carried 2.0 tons of cargo covering 7257 kms Hans till 29th April 2020. Special focus has been on the North East Region, island territories and the hill states. Helicopter services including Pawan Hans Ltd have been operating in J&K, Ladakh, Islands and North East region transporting critical medical cargo and patients. Air India and IAF collaborated primarily for J&K, Ladakh, North-East and other island regions. Domestic Cargo Operators SpiceJet, Blue Dart, Indigo and Vistara are operating cargo flights on a commercial basis.
Spicejet operated 683 cargo flights covering 1184107 km distance and carrying 4,940 tons of cargo. Out of these, 245 were international cargo flights. Blue Dart operated 233 cargo flights covering 2, 53,631 km and carrying 3,932 tons of cargo. Out of these, 12 were international cargoflights. Indigo has operated 64 cargo flights covering 1, 01,989 km and carrying around 269 tons of cargo and including 18 international flights. This also includes medical supplies carried free of cost for the government. Vistara has operated 17 cargo flights covering 24,141 km and carrying around 123 tons of cargo.
In international sector, a cargo air-bridge was established with East Asia for transportation of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and Covid-19 relief material. The quantity of medical cargo brought in by Air India is 729 tons. In addition, Blue Dart has uplifted around 114 tons of medical supplies from Guangzhou and Shanghai starting 14 April to 29 April 2020. Spicejet has also uplifted 153 tons of medical supplies from Shanghai and Guangzhou till 29 April 2020 and 13 tons medical supplies from Hong Kong and Singapore till 25 April 2020.