Qatar Airways Ships Vital Aid To India For Free
India has experienced a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks that has had a devastating effect on the country. Providing necessary assistance, Qatar Airways has offered to ship medical aid and equipment from across the world to India from Doha. Several other Indian airlines are already assisting in transporting equipment across India.
According to a press statement, Qatar Airways intends to ferry 300 tonnes of aid worldwide to its hub in Doha. From Doha, the carrier will operate a three-flight cargo aircraft convoy directly to several destinations in India where people require the aid most.
The CEO of Qatar Airways Group, Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said,
“The State of Qatar has a long and special relationship with India, and we have watched with great sorrow as COVID-19 has once again caused a significant challenge to the country.”The supplies shipment is made up of donations by companies and individuals from across the world. The cargo will include oxygen canisters, PPE equipment, and other necessary equipment.
Al Baker also added that Qatar Airlines is prepared to give humanitarian support. As part of a five-year MoU, Qatar Airways Cargo has already conveyed more than 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since the pandemic started, Qatar Airways has continued to ship necessary aid around the world. Similar aid flights operated to Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
In India, indigenous carriers are already transporting critical, life-saving equipment and supplies.
SpiceXpress has transported thousands of oxygen concentrations, with a shipment of one batch coming from Hong Kong. The cargo arm of SpiceJet plans to fly in over 20,000 oxygen concentrators from sellers across the world to meet the current demand in India. Also, Vistara has been providing free flight tickets to all government doctors and nurses traveling for service.
Almost all Indian carriers have been transporting COVID-19 vaccines around the country. These vaccines have been developed in Pune at Serum Institute and in Hyderabad at Bharat Biotech.