IndiGo airlines have been authorized by the Indian government to operate 30 emergency relief flights to transport essential items such as medical equipment across the country. The carrier will have to bear the cost on its own.
IndiGo will be carrying food, medicines and medical equipment
In an official statement, IndiGo said: “The airline has been allowed by the government to carry cargo in their planes, to fly food, medicine and medical equipment in the country’s battle against the pandemic. These flights are being operated by the company at its own cost.”
After the 21-day lockdown was imposed in India, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for the given period. Only cargo flights, offshore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights and special flights permitted by the Indian aviation regulator DGCA are allowed to operate during this lockdown.
Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo, said, “Our 27,000 employees are standing just a little bit taller, knowing that we are able to mobilize our resources to make a small contribution to the health and well-being of our nation. The employees of IndiGo would also like to salute our colleagues over at Air India, for the heroic work they have been doing in evacuating Indians and other nationals stranded in foreign countries.”
Over the last few weeks, Air India has done commendable work in bringing stranded Indians from across the world back to India.