Mumbai. 15 April 2020. Following the directive issued by the Government of India to combat the recent outbreak of coronavirus, all commercial passenger flights suspended in a bid to stop the spread of the global pandemic. Stepping up during these challenging times to help stranded foreigners return to their home countries, GVK-MIAL managing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) evacuated over 3700 passengers with 20 repatriation flights between 25th March – 14th April 2020. Working side-by-side with the aviation community and the respective embassies, CSMIA has facilitated the operation of flights carrying the stranded passengers from Mumbai to London, Atlanta, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris and Tokyo amongst other international destinations.
In the purview of the recent outbreak, CSMIA has taken all the precautionary measures to ensure passenger safety while boarding and arriving at the airport. The airport has put up a stringent screening process right from the time passengers enter the airport to the time they board their flight, and the same process has been implemented for the arriving passengers as well. Post the government announcing the lockdown in India following the coronavirus outbreak and suspension of commercial passenger flight, the airport has been operating with a curtailed staff and working endlessly to handle cargo flights, charter flights, military aircraft and freighter services.
In this unprecedented time, CSMIA has maintained seamless cargo operations and has managed close to 240 cargo flights movements over the lockdown period that commenced on 25th March 2020. Furthermore, the cargo operations at CSMIA have recorded the highest number of exports and import delivery of cargo in a single day in India. In its endeavour to conform to the highest standard of safety and security, CSMIA takes all the precautionary measures to help and support the country to come out of these gloomy days. The airport has created a benchmark in the industry in providing top-notch security, gold class services and numerous facilities, making it one of the forerunners in the Indian Aviation Industry.