Ostend-Bruges Airport plays it part in supplying relief goods to India to fight the corona virus there. Last Friday, a flight of the Belgian government (via the B-FAST team) with relief supplies departed from our airport to the Indian capital New Dehli. On board the plane were 9,000 bottles of Remdesivir, an antiviral drug used in the treatment of Covid-19.
4 large oxygen tanks
India has been severely affected and has a big shortage of oxygen and containers to store oxygen. Yesterday, Wednesday May 5, a second flight with relief supplies departed from our airport to Jamnagar in western India. This time on board: four large oxygen tanks that together weigh more than 26 tons. The Indian army flew a Boeing C-17 Globemaster especially for this purpose to transport the oxygen containers.
The oxygen tanks were transported from the port of Antwerp to our airport, where our handling agents and airport staff did everything in their power to get the aircraft ready for departure as quickly as possible. The oxygen tanks were loaded into the aircraft using a crane, after which the aircraft was ready to take off again within 3 hours.
“Perfect solution for urgent cargo flights”
CEO of Ostend-Bruges Airport, Eric Dumas:
“Our airport is proud that in this way we can play a role in the fight against Covid-19. The oxygen tanks and medicines must reach India as quickly as possible. Our airport can provide the perfect solution for this. Our airport is very flexible, is operational 24/7 and does not implement time slots, so that aircraft can depart immediately when they are ready. In addition, as an airport, we have proven on several occasions that we have excellent expertise in the field of exceptional and outsized cargo.”