Over 180 Lifeline UDAN flights cover 1,66,000 km to deliver essential medical supplies

Agency News

New Delhi, Apr 11: Over 180 flights, including 114 flights by Air India and Alliance Air, were operated under Lifeline UDAN during Covid-19 lockdown.

As many as 58 flights were operated by the IAF, according to a Civil Aviation ministry statement here on Friday. Domestic Cargo Operators Blue Dart, Spice jet and Indigo are operating cargo flights on commercial basis. Spicejet operated 241 cargo flights covering 3,29, 886 km and carrying 1,993 tonnes of cargo.

Out of these 175 were domestic cargo flights carrying 1401 tonnes. Blue Dart operated 82 domestic cargo flights covering 79,916 Kms and carrying 1,270 tonnes of cargo. Indigo has also operated 15 cargo flights covering 12,206 Kms and carrying 4.37 tonnes of cargo. Pawan Hans Ltd operated 5 cargo flights upto April 8 carrying 1.07 tonnes of critical medical supplies to Guwahati, Agartala, Kishwar, Navapachi, Srinagar, Jammu (J&K), Nagpur, Aurangabad, covering distance of 3561 kms.

Air India and IAF collaborated primarily for J&K, Ladakh, North-East and other island regions. The cargo essentially covered COVID-19 related reagents, enzymes, medical equipment, testing kits & PPE, masks, gloves and other accessories of HLL and cargo requisitioned by State and UT Governments and also postal packets. (UNI)