The Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/ BLR Airport) has processed 650,225 kgs (542,620 kgs of imports and 107,605 kgs of domestic inbound) of COVID-19-related relief material from April 1, 2021 to May 19, 2021.
A significant 567,791 kgs out of the total were processed from May 1 to 19, 2021, with imports at 507,820 kgs and domestic inbound cargo at 59,971 kgs. While the month of April accounted for 200 shipments, the first 20 days of May accounted for nearly 800 shipments, accounting for an overall 25,891 pieces of COVID-19-related cargo.
BLR Airport during this period recorded a total of 136 Air Traffic Movements (ATMs), including 101 international ATMs and 35 domestic ATMs, carrying COVID-19-related cargo. This included 21different carriers (7 Indian and 14 international carriers), with Wuhan and Singapore being the top importing origins.
The major import commodities were, Oxygen concentrators, ventilators and Zeolite while COVID-19 vaccines and PPEs were the top domestic inbound cargo.
The airport informed of facilitating processing of 7.8 Metric Tonnes of cargo, which included 200 oxygen concentrators from Guangzhou, China, on a specially chartered Indigo flight for the Government of Karnataka.
And, Processed 150 tons of Zeolite, a critical component for generation of Oxygen from Rome on special Air India charter flights, between May 16 and 19, 2021, for DRDO.
BLR Airport Cargo Terminal operators – Menzies Aviation Bobba Bangalore and Air India SATS have together demarcated 1,000 sq. ft. within their respective premises for handling and faster clearance of COVID-19-related shipments.
The airport has put together a dedicated team to enable quicker and priority handling for COVID-19-related cargo. The cargo terminals have dedicated truck docks for faster delivery of COVID-19 shipments. Flights carrying vaccines, are allocated parking stands in front of the respective terminals to enable quicker and seamless processing of the logistic.