MIAL acts as Indian hub for Covid-19 supplies
Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) facilitated transportation of 1500 tonnes of PPE items such as masks, gloves, and Covid-19 diagnostic kits, which have been operated by over 370 flights including scheduled freighters and non-scheduled charters, across India. The essentials distributed to the Indian states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chennai, Hyderabad as well as the remote areas of the country where these essentials are scarce.
Till now, MIAL has transported a total of 12000 tons of Pharma, 2700 tons of agro exports and 200 tonnes of live goats’ export. Furthermore, the air cargo at the airport has also witnessed approximately 240 ATM’s of passenger aircraft which have been converted to freighters contributing 11 percent of the overall freight during the lockdown.
Despite transport constraints, MIAL 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 earmarked space of 4500sq.mt. approximately for processing the vast flow of imports.
Recently, MIAL 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 despite limited resources amongst other challenges.
Furthermore, Mumbai air cargo has increased its staff capacity and allocated a roster to the operational staff. The cargo staff are ensuring that the directives issued by the government of social distancing, regular sanitisation, fumigation of facilities, cargo vehicles and cargo packages along with 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 sanitisers for the cargo staff. Thus, safeguarding and ensuring the wellbeing of the employees and its staff members.