The existing Pharma zone facility at GHAC is being expanded to almost double the area for handling increased movements of Vaccine and Pharma shipments. In addition to the above, it has also increased the capacities of all temperature zones viz. 15-25 degrees, 2-8 degrees and -20 degrees Celsius. 'Cold Super Store' is also introduced as part of the extended pharma zone to mitigate any temperature excursions during unloading of pharma shipments. It had launched a custom built large Cool Dolly, a Mobile Refrigerated Unit for airside transportation of large pallets till aircraft, maintaining the Cold-Chain.
Handling vital COVID related shipments
For the 1st time in India on 1st May 2021, GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GHAC) successfully handled the large import shipment of the Sputnik V vaccines from Russia, which required specialised handling and procedures to meet the stringent time and temperature (-20 deg. C) constraints. The handling of this critical shipment marked a major milestone for the country.
While, at Delhi Airport, the teams handled around 60 COVID relief flights totaling around 1,000 tonnes cargo, originating from various countries like the US, United Kingdom, UAE, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Germany, Qatar, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Greece, Canada, Italy, Finland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Japan, Spain etc. (between 28 April and 10 May, 2021). Some of the relief flights were supported by Air Force aircrafts which included IL76, C-130, C-5, C-17 and world's biggest cargo aircraft AN-124. These flights are bringing in oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, mobile oxygen plants, ventilators, masks, Remdesivir injections and other related medical aid, which are required in view of huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.