India’s aviation ministry has allowed international freighter aircrafts operating to and from India to carry on with their services until March 29.
Last week on Thursday, the center ordered that no scheduled international airline will be allowed into the country for a week starting March 22.
Mark Sutch, Regional General Manager, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Cathay Pacific Airways, confirmed to the media that Cathay Pacific will be operating Boeing 747 freighter aircraft and not freighter flights operated as freighters, until March 29.
Sources in other international airlines with freighter operations also confirmed that they are being directed by the authorities to service the Indian region during the March 22-29 period.
A ground handling agency in Delhi also confirmed on its interpretation of Thursday’s order; international freighters can come into the country although there is some issue about the crew operating these freighter aircrafts.
According to industry insights, a major component of the incoming cargo is said to be active pharma ingredients.