Air India to fly fruits, vegetables abroad under Krishi Udan scheme

India and China have also established an air-bridge connection for ferrying medical supplies and relief

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Two Air India flights will carry seasonal fruits and vegetables and London and Germany’s Frankfurt and bring essential medical supplies on their way back to the country, reported NDTV on Sunday (April 12).

The two flights, which have scheduled operations on April 13 and 15, will be operating under the Krishi Udan programme that was started to assist farmers in transporting agricultural products abroad.

Quoting a senior government functionary, the report said the national carrier has scheduled operations to London on April 13 and Frankfurt on April 15. It said the flights will bring essential medical supplies on their return journey.

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The report further said India and China have also established an air-bridge connection from April 4 onwards that would facilitate transportation of medical equipment and Covid-19 relief material.

An Air India flight from Shanghai arrived in Mumbai on Saturday, carrying essential medical supplies that would be distributed to different state, the report said quoting an officer.

Air India has also evacuated thousands of Indians from several locations in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, besides operating 199 flights ferrying essentials and medical equipment to various parts of the world. Private carriers like IndiGo, SpiceJet and Blue Dart are operating cargo flights on a commercial basis.

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