DGCA seeks airlines’ help in flood relief transportation

September 3rd, 2008 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Wednesday called upon domestic airlines to help in the transportation of relief materials to flood-hit Bihar and to offer freight discounts.A government statement said that the DGCA convened a meeting with representatives of all domestic airlines - Air India, Alliance Air, Jet Airways and JetLite, Deccan Aviation Ltd., Spicejet, IndiGo and MDLR Airlines.

A senior official of the Bihar government was also present.

The DG asked the airlines to help in the shipment of relief materials to Patna.

“He also impressed upon the airlines to consider discounting the freight rates for transportation of relief material like food items, medicines, clothings from voluntary organisations and NGOs, etc,” the statement said.

The airlines were asked to route their planes for relief transportation through the Bihar resident commissioner’s office “on priority”.

The airlines’ station in-charges in the state have been asked to be in touch with Bihar government officials for quick transportation from airports.

“Airlines were also informed that in case they are making unscheduled landings at Patna for relief operations, they will be accorded necessary clearance promptly,” the statement said.

At the same time, airlines were advised to follow current guidelines like, “security drill, handling of dangerous goods etcetera”.

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