The Bhubaneswar airport is going to receive 4,020 seamless oxygen cylinders from foreign countries through various flights within a week, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said on Thursday. The airport has handled transportation of 156 oxygen tankers, 536 oxygen concentrators and 140 oxygen cylinders between April 23 and May 11, the AAI said in a statement.
These items were transported by the Indian Air Force (IAF), it said.
“Transportation of 3,500 pieces of 10 litre seamless cylinder and 1,520 pieces of 46.7 litre seamless cylinders are in pipeline and the consignment is expected within a week from foreign countries,” the AAI stated.
The AAI owns and manages more than 100 airports, including the Bhubaneswar airport, across the country.
India has been badly hit by the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and hospitals in several states are reeling under shortage of oxygen, health workers, vaccines and drugs.