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How GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo is providing a breathing room amid the ongoing crisis

Post By : Basundhara Choudhury
Post Date : May 27, 2021
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To combat the increased demand in oxygen related aid and to ensure speedy transport of medical cargo, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo(GHAC) has constituted a special task force to handle the surge in demand and facilitate quicker clearance of cargo.

The onslaught of the second wave of the pandemic had started off a series of disruptions, one of them being the ongoing oxygen shortage crisis that has enveloped the country. But even amid such a scenario, organsisations have gone an extra mile in ensuring an undisrupted supply chain for oxygen-related critical aid.

A major hub for vaccines, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) has expanded its landside and airside facilities to meet the unique requirements for vaccine shipments and temp-controlled pharmaceuticals.

There has been a big surge in the movement of oxygen concentrators into Hyderabad to meet the medical demands due to the pandemic, with more than 11,500 units of oxygen concentrators being brought to Hyderabad from across the globe and from other cities in India since May 1, 2021.

GHAC has constituted a special task force comprising customs authorities, airlines, freight forwarders and other stakeholders to ensure speedy clearance and handling of COVID relief material consignments, in a bid to meet the escalated demand.

The shipments have arrived on both scheduled flights as well as special charters as nations, governments, airlines, airports, customs, freight forwarders, ground handlers and stakeholders joined hands to expedite the movement into India.

In addition to oxygen concentrators, GHAC handled two shipments of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, which demand specialised handling and procedures to maintain temperature integrity (-20°C).

The airport has been continuously handling COVID relief materials coming through freighters carrying vaccines, medical equipment and COVID relief material such as PPE kits, masks and sanitizers.

Being a major Pharma hub of Indian Air Cargo and one of the primary gateways for vaccine exports from India, the airport has been on the frontline in the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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