New Delhi: Airports being managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) are transporting medical essential and equipment across the country to strengthen the nation's fight against COVID-19. AAI's Bhubaneswar Airport and its stakeholders have also been playing an active role by facilitating seamless transportation of medical equipment and materials 24×7.
According to an official statement from AAI, a total 669 boxes (20.53 MT) of COVID vaccine have been transported through various airlines till May 9 through the Bhubaneswar Airport. To overcome the oxygen crisis for the country, a total of 156 empty oxygen tankers, 526 oxygen concentrators, 140 oxygen cylinders were transported by 75 Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft like C17, C130J, AN 32 from April 23 to May 11. 41 pieces of oxygen concentrator were transported through various airlines also. Transportation of 3,500 pieces of 10 Litre Seamless Cylinder and 1520 pieces of 46.7 L seamless cylinders are in pipeline and the consignment is expected within a week from foreign countries.
Apart from this, Bhubaneswar Airport is also following all the COVID-19 related guidelines and protocols as per the instructions of central and state governments to ensure a safe journey for passengers. The airport staff makes continuous requests to all the passengers, stakeholders, visitors, employees etc. to always follow COVID appropriate behaviour and maintain staggered timing to minimise crowding. To create awareness regarding COVID appropriate behaviour, ensuring the safety of passengers, the airport is also displaying instructions through several electronic and permanent displays at the terminal.
All Airports are trying and joining every battle they can. Bhubaneswar Airport has also organised a COVID Vaccination camp for employees of AAI and other stakeholders in collaboration and with support from the government of Odisha, taking all safety measures into consideration.
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