Delhi Airport has been proactively working as a frontline warrior in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning. Right from the initial movement of vaccines in January 2021, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), a GMR Group-led consortium, 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.
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 materials 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 the UK, Italy, USA, Ireland, Dubai, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Czech 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.