IndiGo Helps 22-Year-Old Student Carry COVID-19 Aid
As India faces its second wave of COVID-19, ordinary citizens and airlines have all contributed to the efforts. This week, a 22-year-old doctoral student. A student has decided to bring back significant COVID-19 aid, including masks and disinfectants, to his village in Bihar. However, her bag weighed 5 kg above the allowance. IndiGo stepped in and decided to waive all charges, allowing them to carry the luggage for free. Let’s find out more.
In a good deed this week, IndiGo pledged to waive additional baggage fees for a student looking to help his hometown. According to Indian express, Anupam Priyadarshi, 22, is heading to his home in Bihar state tomorrow (Saturday). Departing from Delhi, he decided to purchase and transport 5kg of essential COVID-19 commodities, including masks, disinfectants and medicine.
However, his baggage and additional assistance exceeded IndiGo’s standard 15kg checked baggage allowance by 5kg. So Priyadarshi reached out to the airline on Twitter, requesting an exemption to carry essential cargo. IndiGo responded less than an hour later, via private message to sort out the details and waive the charges!
However, the story does not end there. Priyadarshi then decided to contact poet and politician Dr Kumar Vishvas to acquire more COVID-19 kits and set up a facility in his village. This request was also quickly heard! He received a total of 60 kits, allowing him to open a center in his own village.
As India faces its second wave, Twitter and other platforms have become essential in coordinating care and medical resources. This story is one of the thousands that has happened over the past few months and we wish Anupam the best of luck with their plan!
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Airlines have been in the spotlight in recent months. Carriers from all over the world flew to India in April and May, carrying everything from masks to massive oxygen-generating units. Many of these were humanitarian flights, with Qatar Airways and Emirates both setting up temporary cargo bridges to transport aid free of charge.
Meanwhile, Indian airlines have been equally busy. In addition to carrying essentials like medical oxygen, airlines also carry another essential: vaccines. Since January, airlines have carried 227 million massive doses on 1,500 flights to 60 cities in India. This number grows by hundreds of thousands a day, providing airlines with much-needed revenue.
For now, carriers will continue to carry vaccines and other aids as the deployment in India continues to expand. However, the situation on the usual passenger side is much darker.
After crippling April and May, IndiGo said it was finally seeing a resumption in passenger traffic. However, it could take until the end of 2021 to reach even 80% of pre-COVID capacity, dashing hopes of a full recovery this year. For now, the airlines are making the most of the situation and are going through the crisis.
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