Air India Express (AIE) has come to the rescue of farmers of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and exporters by lifting fruits and vegetables to West Asian countries using B-737-800 aircraft.
The AIE has stepped in to ensure export of perishables to West Asia that got stalled following the ban on international commercial passenger flights from March 23 to contain the COVID-19. Besides earning valuable foreign exchange, hundreds of Non-Resident Indians in West Asia, especially in the seven emirates in the UAE and Kuwait, have benefited from the AIE’s act.
Securing the permission of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the AIE has so far operated five all-cargo flights from the State to Sharjah. The all-cargo flight from Kozhikode to Kuwait was on Tuesday and another from Kochi to Abu Dhabi is scheduled for Wednesday.
From its 25 aircraft in the fleet, the AIE has positioned two each in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode and one each in the Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, and Mumbai airports for operating all cargo flights.