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Published on 28/04/2020 9:12:40 AM | Source: IANS

Lifeline Udan: 736 tonnes of medical supplies flown across India

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The Centre on Monday said that under the Lifeline Udan initiative, 392 flights have transported 736 tonnes of medical supplies across the country till April 26.

"A total of 392 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 229 of these flights have been operated by Air India and and Alliance Air. Cargo transported till date is around 736 tonnes," the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said in a statement.

Besides, Blue Dart, SpiceJet and IndiGo are also operating cargo flights on a commercial basis.

On its part, SpiceJet operated 608 cargo flights from March 24 to April 26. Out of these, 216 were international cargo flights.

Similarly, Blue Dart has operated 211 domestic cargo flights from March 25 to April 26, while budget airline IndiGo has operated 50 cargo flights from April 3-26 carrying 185 tonnes of cargo.

Additionally, Vistara has operated 12 cargo flights during April 19-26 covering a distance of 16,952 km and carrying around 82 tonnes of cargo.

The Lifeline Udan flights connect hubs in locations such as Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Agartala, Aizwal, Dimapur, Imphal, Coimbatore, Thiruvanthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Raipur, Ranchi, Port Blair and Goa.

As part of India's war against Covid-19, the Civil Aviation Ministry had launched Lifeline Udan flights on March 26 for movement of medical and essential supplies across the country and beyond.

Currently, no foreign or domestic passenger flight operations are allowed in the country.