GMR Group has three cargo terminals fully primed to take care of the vaccine distribution at this time of pandemic - with 2 cargo terminals at Delhi Airport and one at Hyderabad - GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, a 100% subsidiary of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL). On 12th January, 2021, both the airports handled the first consignment of Covishield - India's first Covid-19 vaccines. In Delhi, the Covishield shipment arrived in 34 boxes, weighing 1088 kg on Spicejet flight, SG8937. While, in Hyderabad the shipment arrived in Spicejet Freighter, SG7466 and consisted 31 boxes of Covishield vaccine. The Cargo teams of both locations handled the shipment with extreme care and caution. Everything was handled as per the special protocol ensuring cool-chain integrity. A dedicated Vaccine Task Force has been formed, with a nodal person, to ensure a seamless and high priority movement of Covid 19 vaccines through our airports.
As the gateway airport at India's capital, Delhi Airport is nation's largest Cargo Hub Airport, and also of South Asia region. It has two integrated Cargo Terminals having annual cargo handling capacity of 1.8 million MT which is scalable to 2.3 million MT. The two Cargo terminals of Delhi Airport has world-class infrastructure with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certified temperature controlled facilities for handling temperature sensitive cargo like medicines, vaccines, etc. The temperature controlled Cargo facilities have a capacity to handle over 1.5 lakh MT per annum. In line with MoCA vision to create metro airports as Transshipment hubs, Delhi Airport has set up a dedicated 'Transshipment Excellence Centre' spread over an area of 6,500 sqm at the Airside for convenient and efficient movement of Transshipment cargo. This facility will help fast movement of Vaccines through Transshipment.