In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis, over 218 flights have transported around 377.50 tonnes of medical supplies across the country till April 12 under the 'Lifeline Udan' initiative. Taking to Twitter, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the medical supplies have been transported to the remote parts of the country. He further lauded the officers and professionals involved in this initiative.
Under Lifeline UDAN, 218 flights have flown 2,05,709 kms to transport 377.50 Tons of essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against COVID-19 since 26th March.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 13, 2020
Kudos to all officers & professionals. Your commitment is a source of strength. pic.twitter.com/SE2GrKAAET
According to reports, all the flights involved in the initiative are operated by Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Air Force (IAF), and other private carriers. Reportedly, out of the total 218 flights, 132 flights were operated by Air India and Alliance Air. As per the Centre, the special focus of the initiative has been on the North East Region, island territories and the hill states.
Meanwhile, Spice Jet has operated 300 cargo flights from March 24 to April 12, out of which 95 were international cargo flights. Along with it, Blue Dart operated 94 domestic cargo flights from March 25 to April 12, while Indigo operated 25 cargo flights from April 3-12 carrying 21.77 tonnes of cargo.
As a part of India's fight against the Novel Coronavirus crisis, the Civil Aviation Ministry on March 26 had launched the 'Lifeline Udan' initiative for transporting medical and essential supplies across the country. The flights connect hubs in locations such as Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Aizwal, Dimapur, Imphal, Coimbatore, Thiruvanthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Ranchi, Port Blair and Goa.
The Lifeline Udan cargo includes COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), masks, gloves and other accessories required by the coronavirus warriors across the country.