New Delhi: The recent times have been witnessing unprecedented challenges owing to the global outbreak of COVID-19. Businesses and operations across the world have come to a standstill due to the pandemic. Celebi Delhi Cargo terminal however, has remained consistent in its services through continued and safe operations at the Delhi International Airport, even during the national lockdown.
Through Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India Pvt Ltd., a joint venture between DIAL and Çelebi Hava Servisi A.S., Turkey, Celebi has been showcasing its commitment towards India by maintaining the national and international trade bridge at the Delhi Terminal throughout the coronavirus pandemic situation.
Handling majority of cargo operations at the Delhi airport, the company has also been playing a vital role in the medical essentials distribution at the recently designated ‘major hub for the import and distribution of COVID-related essentials’- the IGIA airport. Adherence to precautionary guidelines and round-the-clock employee support, has made such functioning possible at one of the largest cargo terminal by volume in the country that handles more than 500,000 MT of cargo per annum.
Adhering to the directives and recommendations issued by DGCA and MHA, Celebi has been safely carrying out these operations at cargo terminal, in conjunction with the airport operators. The various precautionary measures being taken up have been – mandatory thermal scanning for all employees, usage of hand sanitizers for all employees, mandatory usage of face masks and other PPE’s, enforcement of proper social distancing measures, limited entry of people in Public Transaction Lobbies, regular fumigation and disinfection of the cargo, warehouse, office areas and all the common areas. The company has also declared Arogya Setu App mandatory for all employees, in line with the guidelines laid down by the Government of India.
Commenting on the terminal’s successful operations, Mr. Burak Kurt, CEO of Celebi Delhi Cargo Terminal Management India says, “Cargo handling is one of the key pillars of the aviation industry. With the aviation industry, cargo business has also been drastically hit by the global pandemic. We are glad to being operational throughout this period and contributing to the national efforts at combating the COVID 19 pandemic. We are more than happy to provide our customers and DIAL full support during these tough times. What’s even more incredible is that our employees have never stopped giving their best support to each other and showing the power of unity. It really is a testament to the versatility of our employees that we will continue to endure and prosper in the future.”
The value of air cargo to airlines, governments, shippers and consignees has become more evident in the response to the COVID-19 crisis. For the future, one of the key tasks would be to safeguard the functionality of the air cargo supply chain to the maximum extent possible. Celebi has also been looking up for licenses to operate at multiple other Indian airports in coming future.