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May 03, 2020

Important Details you should know about Lifeline Udan initiative

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After PM Modi announced the Nationwide Lockdown on 24th March 2020 the Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S. Puri has launched an initiative titled 'Lifeline Udan'. The main aim of Lifeline Udan is to ensure the steady supply of essentials, even in the most remote locations.

Under Lifeline Udan initiative, 430 flights have been operated by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 252 of these flights have been operated by Air India and Alliance Air. Cargo transported till date is around 795.86 tons.  Aerial distance covered by Lifeline Udan flights till date is over 4,21,790 km.‘Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated by MoCA to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against COVID-19.

Helicopter services including Pawan Hans Ltd have been operating in remote locations like J&K, Ladakh, Islands and North East region transporting critical medical cargo and patients. Till date it has carried 2.27 tons of cargo covering a distance of 7,729 kms.  Special focus has been on the North East Region, island territories and the hill states.  

Domestic Cargo Operators SpiceJet, Blue Dart, Indigo and Vistara are operating cargo flights on a commercial basis.

Under Lifeline Udan, a cargo air-bridge was also established with East Asia for transportation of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and Covid-19 relief material. 899 tons of medical cargo was brought in by Air India from East Asia. 

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