Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 12
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced on Tuesday morning that four airlines would operate nine flights to transport 56.5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine from Pune to 13 cities across the country, including Delhi and Chandigarh, on Tuesday.
Vaccine movement has started, the minister said on Twitter, adding that the first two flights operated by “SpiceJet and GoAir from Pune to Delhi and Chennai have taken off”.
“Today @airindiain @flyspicejet @goairlinesindia & @IndiGo6E will operate 9 flights from Pune with 56.5 lakh doses to Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Shillong, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Bengaluru, Lucknow & Chandigarh,” he said.
#FlyAI : Air India is all set to play a pivotal role in vaccination mission, carrying the first consignment of 2,76,000 vaccine doses weighing 700 kgs approx from Pune to Ahmedabad today. pic.twitter.com/ODcRSpVGQb
— Air India (@airindiain) January 12, 2021
Meanwhile, operator of the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport DIAL has announced that it has received first consignment of COVID-19 vaccine.
CEO-DIAL Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said, “Delhi Airport has been relentlessly working for timely and smooth supply of medical equipment and other relief material in and out of Delhi to various destinations in India in the COVID times.”
“Today, we have received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccine at our airport. Temperature-controlled facilities, ranging from -20 degrees C to +25 degrees C, at our two cargo terminals can efficiently and safely handle these temperature-sensitive vaccines,” he said, adding that the airport had “cool chambers and cool dollies” to maintain temperature required for these vaccines.
सर्वे सन्तु निरामया:।
प्राचीन भारतीय प्रज्ञता को आगे बढ़ाते हुए तथा प्रत्येक देशवासी को #COVID19 से सुरक्षित रखने हेतु, #AAI के @aaipunairport से #Covishield वैक्सीन के 56 बक्सों का पहला despatch देश के विभिन्न हवाई अड्डों पर भेजा गया। #आत्मनिर्भरभारत #स्वस्थभारत की ओर अग्रसर। pic.twitter.com/78gdtEbgti
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) January 12, 2021
“Our both terminals can handle around 5.7 million vials in a day,” the CEO said. “We have synergised and collaborated with all the stakeholders, including exporters, importers, logistics companies, freight forwarders/agents, government, airlines, cargo terminal operators, to ensure faster turnaround of the vaccines.” he said.