Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Indian airlines such as Air India, Indigo and Spicejet are undertaking massive rescue missions to evacuate Indians stranded on foreign soil or within the country.
As a part of this, Spicejet operated a special flight from Delhi to Jodhpur, on March 29, for 136 Indian nationals evacuated from Covid-19 hit Iran, who have been taken to a government quarantine facility in the city.
The flight took off at 0625 from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and landed at Jodhpur airport at 0820. The crew followed all safety protocols laid down by the government, and the aircraft was disinfected after the flight.
Spicexpress, Spicejet’s dedicated cargo arm, has been doing doorstep deliveries of essential supplies, medicines and medical equipment in Bengaluru, Patna, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara, Kochi, Guwahati, Jammu, Lucknow among other cities.
Likewise, Interglobe Aviation-led Indigo also operated a relief flight from Delhi, carrying 139 Indian passengers to the Army Isolation centre in Jodhpur. All passengers were tested negative for virus test prior to the flight.
Safety measures were followed including overall staff, crew and aircraft maintenance engineers using personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, spraying disinfectant on all the bags prior to loading, meal boxes placed on seats prior to boarding and passenger disembarkation in lots of 20 and x-ray treatment of all check-in baggage.
Ever since the outbreak happened, Air India has been frequently carrying out rescue operations to bring back Indians stuck outside the nation. The national carrier evacuated passengers from China, Iran, Spain and recently Italy — the airline evacuated about 260 Indians from the severely-hit European country.
Furthermore, Air India, recently, flew 314 stranded Israelis back to Tel Aviv. The airline is also planning nine charter flights in Indian cities to send stranded German nationals back home.
Goair has also offered assistance: