Air transport has been termed as a strategic industry in the past. During all crises all around, air transport has played a vital role in helping the lifeline of the people and country. This has happened in the first wave of Covid-19 in our country. In the second surge too, the situation is not different.
As the Covid-19 second surge overwhelms the country, airlines engage in cargo and rescue flights. Domestic helicopters have kept their rotors unstopped and have helped patients translocate to treatment facilities. With medical facilities concentrated in the federal and provincial capitals, critical patients from around the country have no options other than rushing to the federal capital for treatment. Today, the 14th of May, ten (10) helicopter airlines made seventy four (74) movements in and out of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) – with 36 departures and 38 arrivals; they carried 127 passengers and 3,398 kg of cargo.
Today Himalaya Airlines operated two cargo flights with one arrival from Kunming and one departure from Kathmandu for Kunming for the shipment of essential medical and other supplies. Air Arabia and Cathay Pacific operated one cargo flight each. While Shree operated on flight for rescue/cargo. Air India flew in 148 passengers from Delhi and 113 passengers out of Kathmandu under the air bubble agreement between the two countries.
As the second surge continues and shows no sign of calming down anytime soon, air transport will have to continue cargo and rescue flights. Airlines, airports and professionals including flight, ground, and airport crew, security personal and immigration officials etc. deserve heartfelt gratitude for their service to mankind.