Bengaluru: Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, (KIA / BIAL) handled 650,225 kg (542,620 kg of imports and 107,605 kg from domestic source) of Covid-19 relief material from April 1 to May 19.
Of this total, 567,791 kg were processed from May 1 to 19, or 507,820 kg of imports and 59,971 kg of relief from domestic sources. While 200 shipments arrived in April, the first 20 days of May represented nearly 800 shipments, representing a total of 25,891 pieces of cargo related to Covid-19.
During this period, Bengaluru Airport recorded a total of 136 air traffic movements (ATMs), including 101 international ATMs and 35 domestic ATMs, carrying Covid cargo. This included 21 different carriers (7 Indian and 14 international). Wuhan and Singapore are the main importing origins.
Oxygen concentrators, ventilators and zeolite were the main import products, while vaccines and PPE were the main domestic cargo.
Bengaluru Airport’s cargo terminal operators – Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore and Air India SATS – have jointly demarcated 1,000 square feet at their respective premises for faster handling and clearance of shipments.
A dedicated team has been formed to allow faster and priority treatment of relief cargoes. Freight terminals have dedicated truck docks for faster delivery of Covid shipments. Flights carrying vaccines are allocated parking spaces in front of the respective terminals to allow faster and more transparent processing of logistics.
♦ Transformation of 542,620 kg of imports and 107,605 Covid relief material of national origin
♦ The first 19 days of May saw an increase in the movement of relief material
♦ 954 shipments, including more than 25,891 Covid pieces, were processed
♦ Oxygen concentrators, ventilators and zeolite were the main commodities