India has been badly hit by the second wave of the coronavirus infection, as hospitals in several states continue to reel under a severe shortage of oxygen, drugs, equipment and beds. In a bid to rise up to the challenge, airlines have extended their support by airlifting the necessary equipment. Indigo and SpiceJet are also taking substantial efforts to rise up to the challenges, particularly the oxygen scarcity issue that has led to complete disarray.
Budget carrier SpiceJet’s freighter arm SpiceXpress on Wednesday airlifted 3,100 oxygen concentrators from Beijing using its B767 and A330 wide-body aircraft.
The first consignment arrived in New Delhi at 9.10 am on Wednesday and the second one arrived later in the afternoon.
The airline has airlifted more than 9,950 oxygen concentrators from the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and China in the last two weeks.
“SpiceJet was looking at bringing about 20,000 oxygen concentrators in the coming days from across the globe to meet the acute shortage of medical oxygen in the country.”~Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet
These oxygen concentrators have been ordered by SpiceHealth and other organisations.
On the same lines, IndiGo has also airlifted 2,717 oxygen concentrators from Thailand, China, Qatar, Hong Kong and Singapore to India, the airline said on Wednesday.
Indigo has transported 4,142 oxygen concentrators weighing about 72,461 kg within India or from outside India, it said in a statement.
“As many as 2,717 have been airlifted from Thailand, China, Qatar, Hong Kong, and Singapore to India, while 1,425 oxygen concentrators have been transported domestically between 36 airports.”~SpiceJet’s statement
A massive load of other medical supplies has also been flown in on IndiGo flights to support the country, it mentioned.
A record 3,780 fresh COVID-19 fatalities were registered in a single day in India taking the death toll to 2,26,188, while 3,82,315 new coronavirus infections were recorded in the country, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.