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Delhi Airport emerges as the cargo hub for handling COVID 19 related Aid

11 May 2021

Delhi Airport has been proactively working as a frontline warrior in fight against COVID-19 pandemic since beginning. Right from initial movement of vaccines in January 2021, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium, has remained in the forefront, working closely with the Government of India and other stakeholders to set-up and implement expeditious processes at the Airport to handle COVID-19 cargo consignments.

In the wake of the renewed fight against the COVID-19 wave, Delhi Airport has now emerged as the hub airport for handling and distribution of COVID related aid from several countries, extending helping hands to India. Since 25th April’2021, Delhi Airport has handled 54 relief flights carrying over 900 MT of relief material, including Oxygen Concentrator, Oxygen Generating Plants, Oxygen Cylinders, Medical Equipment, Vaccines, Medicines and other Medical supplies.  

In order to ensure swift distribution of imported relief materials, Delhi Airport has set up a 3,500 sq. meter dedicated logistic facility, JEEVODAY warehouse, for interim storage and distribution of COVID-19 relief materials, commissioned in less than a day. All the COVID-19 relief material are brought to JEEVODAY warehouse after customs clearance, where they are sorted and further distributed to other parts of the country by GOI appointed agency M/s. HLL Limited. In the week of 2nd May’2021, 29 (Nos.) special Cargo Relief flights were handled at IGI Airport, originating from UK, Italy, USA, Ireland, Dubai, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Czek Republic, Canada, Japan and Switzerland.

Delhi Airport has also ensured that priority in landing is provided to relief flights with parking at Cargo bays near the Cargo terminals to make sure that consignments are processed and cleared in the least possible time after landing of aircrafts.

Dedicated teams from Cargo Terminal Operators, Clearing agent, Distribution warehouse centre has been assigned to ensure that the entire process of handling of such relief aid materials is done quickly. Thanks to the support extended by GOI agencies including Customs, CISF to facilitate such handling operations in fast manner.

The handling and distribution of the medical aid is continuing in an efficient manner with the support from all stakeholders.

Delhi Airport is the largest Air Cargo Hub of South Asian region. Two integrated Cargo Terminals have an annual cargo handling capacity of 1.8 million MT, which is scalable to 2.3 million MT.

The Cargo terminals are equipped with state-of-the-art handling equipment, advanced screening systems, efficient storage and processing facilities, paperless processes etc. Both the Cargo terminals has world-class infrastructure with GDP certified temperature-controlled facilities for handling temperature-sensitive cargo. The Temperature-controlled Cargo facilities can handle over 1.5 lakh MT per annum and are equipped with separate cool chambers ranging from –20 deg C to +25 deg C. Also, both the Terminals are provided with an adequate number of charging points to handle temperature-controlled containers. There are Cool Dollies at the airside for the movement of temperature-sensitive cargo to and from Terminals to the Aircrafts to ensure an unbroken cool chain. In terms of airside infrastructure, Delhi Airport is the first and only Airport in the country to have 12 Nos. of dedicated Freighter parking bays, providing ample capacity for the Airlines to move cargo to and from the Airport. The cargo apron is capable of doing three Nose Load operations seamlessly at a single point in time. Delhi Airport provides the highest airline connectivity in the country to different parts of the world and India.  Delhi airport has been the first to launch India’s first ‘QR code-based e-Gate Pass facility’ to deliver Import cargo, thereby making the paper documentation process automated and reducing human interface and strengthening the fight against COVID-19. 

Right from the initial movement of vaccines in January 2021, Delhi Airport has remained at the forefront, working closely with the Government of India and other stakeholders to set up and implement expeditious processes at the Airport to handle COVID-19 cargo consignments. Team, IGIA is working 24x7 to monitor each flight personally along with our stakeholders, Govt. Regulatory agencies, Cargo Terminal Operators, distribution warehouse centre , Ground handlers, Airlines, clearing agents for faster processing of Cargo. We salute our CARGO COVID WARRIORS for their dedication in this difficult time.

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