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GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport on National duty to handle corona evacuation flights

GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport on National duty to handle corona evacuation flights

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 31 Mar 2020, 09:34 am

Hyderabad/UNI: When the world is battling the Covid-19 pandemic and India is under lock-down, GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport is handling Covid-19 relief and evacuation flights in support of the nation’s efforts.

On Tuesday, the airport handled a special relief flight operated by the National Carrier Air India to evacuate German nationals stranded in Hyderabad. As per the flight itinerary, the special flight - AI 3005, a Dreamliner (Boeing B787-8) aircraft landed at Hyderabad International Airport on Tuesday at 0732 hrs from Chennai.

In coordination with the German Consulate and the Telangana state government, a group of 38 passengers (19 females; 17 males and 2 infants) from various places in the Hyderabad city arrived at Hyderabad International Airport at around 0600 hrs. All these passengers were serviced through the fully-sanitized Interim International Departures Terminal (IIDT), which was kept ready for this evacuation measure.

To meet this emergency requirement, a select group of personnel from GHIAL Terminal Operations, Airside Operations, AOCC (Airport Operations & Control Center), ATC (Air Traffic Control), CISF (Central Industrial Security Force), Immigration, Customs, Landside Security, Airline Ground Handlers, ARFF (Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting) services, RAXA security, Trolley Operators, Housekeeping Staff, were available to ensure safe and seamless departure of the stranded passengers.

Special screening and safety measures were in place during the flight’s handling to protect against the COVID-19 threat including thermal screening prior to terminal entry, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements at all passenger processing points.

The passengers from Hyderabad were joined in the aircraft by a few already-seated German nationals who flew in from Chennai.

The special relief flight of Air India departed from Hyderabad to Mumbai at 0922 hrs. As per the flight itinerary, from Mumbai, all German nationals were to be flown to Frankfurt in Germany.

Air India especially operated this relief flight to carry the stranded German nationals from Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai to Frankfurt.