Air Canada Supporting India Relief Efforts

Air Canada – collaborating with the Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) and the Ontario government —  is supporting India relief efforts, operating a cargo-only flight to Delhi, providing urgent medical supplies to the Indian population which has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jason Berry, vice-president, cargo at Air Canada, said: “We are all deeply saddened by the devastating situation in India, and no one can remain indifferent to what is happening now in that part of the world.”

Berry continued: “When flights to India were suspended on April 22, the movement of essential goods between the two countries was also halted. Today (May 18) with this exceptional cargo-only flight, we are grateful to be able to help and contribute to these relief efforts by shipping critical medical supplies. We worked closely with the Toronto Business Development Centre and the Government of Ontario to ensure timely support, in solidarity with the affected communities.”

Yesterday (May 18), an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operated a cargo-only flight with 40 tons of essential supplies from Toronto Pearson Airport to Delhi. The freight includes critical medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, oxygen generators and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Air Canada will also be carrying 100 ventilators donated recently by the Saskatchewan Government.

The medical equipment donated by government agencies and partners is new and these supplies will be consigned to the Red Cross upon arrival in India.

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