How Mumbai Airport transported 1500 tonnes of COVID-19 supplies efficiently to States and remote areas

Sushant Ranjan
Wednesday, 20 May 2020

"The Mumbai air cargo is effectively supplying essentials to not only various states in the country but also to remote areas in India where they are facing challenges, during this crucial time,” said the spokesperson of GVK MIAL.

Pune: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai has borne witness to transport of 1500 tonnes of supplies such as PPE, masks, gloves, and Covid-19 diagnostic kits which have been operated by over 370 flights including scheduled freighters and non-scheduled charters.

The essentials distributed to the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chennai, Hyderabad as well as the remote areas of the country. 

"The Mumbai air cargo is effectively supplying essentials to not only various states in the country but also to remote areas in India where they are facing challenges, during this crucial time,” said the spokesperson of GVK MIAL.

“Till now, 12000 tonnes of Pharma, 2700 tonnes of agro exports and 200 tonnes of live goats’ export has been facilitated from the Mumbai airport. Furthermore, the air cargo at Mumbai international airport has also witnessed approx. 240 ATM’s of passenger aircraft which have been converted to freighters contributing 11 per cent of the overall freight during the lockdown,” said the spokesperson.

Despite transport constraints, the Mumbai Airport has processed a total of 30,000 tonnes of cargo which include 18,000 tonnes of export products and over 12,000 tonnes of imports. Mumbai air cargo has an earmarked space of 4500sq mt approximately for processing the vast flow of imports. 

Recently, Mumbai airport also set a record for the highest number of cargo movements witnessed at the airport during these difficult times of the pandemic and lockdown conditions. The airport registered admittance exports of 725 tonnes and received 501 tonnes of import additionally has made import delivery of 471 tonnes approximately; marking the highest number of imports and exports of cargo managed in a day. 

The CSMIA is managed by GVK MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited). 

Furthermore, Mumbai air cargo has increased its staff capacity and allocated a roster to the operational staff. The cargo staff ensuring that the directives issued by the Government of social distancing, regular sanitization, fumigation facilities, cargo vehicles and cargo packages along with the mandatory wearing of masks as well as gloves follow continuously. 

In a bid to provide safety to the staff members, MIAL is providing transport arrangements, masks, gloves, PPE and sanitizers for the cargo staff.

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