Oman Air is activating humanitarian ‘Cargolift’ flights to India, with the airline offering free cargo uplift for the next 15 days to transport critical medical aid from its hub in Muscat to various cities across India.
The ‘COVID cargolifts’ will be rolled out on routes to India for the next 15 days, in cooperation with Oman’s Foreign Ministry and the Indian community in Oman, and will guarantee 10 tonnes of free cargo space on several Indian routes to assist humanitarian organisations and agencies in the transport of essential medical equipment and supplies.
Abdulaziz Al Raisi, Oman Air chief executive officer, says the humanitarian cargolift underscores the airline’s commitment to India during a time of exceptional difficulty in the country’s battle with Covid-19.
“Oman Air will continue to do its part, as it has throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, to transport essential medical supplies and emergency relief to those in need,” says Al Raisi. “India continues to battle the pandemic with tremendous courage and unity, and Oman Air stands ready to assist humanitarian organisations and agencies in the transport of critical medical aid from Muscat to city hubs across India.
“Oman and India have an exceptional, long-standing relationship and the deep ties that connect both countries are vitally important during times of crisis. We stand with India at this difficult time and we will continue to monitor the situation on the ground and assist accordingly,” he says.
Mohammed Al Musafir, Oman Air senior vice president of Commercial Cargo, says the cargo charges on flights to India would be waived for a period of 15 days (with certain conditions) for all COVID aid to the country.
“Our cargo team is working around the clock to ensure that adequate space is available on Oman Air flights to India so that essential aid personnel and agencies receive critical medical supplies and humanitarian assistance. Although the airline will essentially waive cargo charges on all COVID-19 aid to India for the next 15 days, shippers are still responsible for any applicable government or customs charges, either at the point of origin or destination country,” he adds.
Since the onset of the global pandemic, Oman Air has operated special repatriation and cargo-only flights between several destinations on its network, reuniting friends and families while transporting essential goods and medical supplies.