Sichuan Airlines Cancels Cargo Flights Sending Medical Supplies to India

China’s state-owned Sichuan Airlines has suspended its cargo flights to India including those sending medical supplies, amidst a surge of Covid-19 cases in the country. 

Sichuan Chuanhang Logistics said cargo flights have been cancelled, halting the delivery of crucial oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies, as India struggles with oxygen supply shortage, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. 

In a letter the company said, “in the face of sudden changes in the epidemic situation (in India), in order to reduce the number of imported cases, it is decided” that it would cancel flights for the next 15 days, the PTI reported.

China foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin responded on the suspension, “We stand ready to offer support and assistance to the best of our capability if the Indian side informs us of its specific needs. As for the operation of the specific flights of the airlines you mentioned, I suggest you check with the company concerned,” in a press briefing on Monday. 

This comes as the South Asian country reported over 17 million total cases, with a new record daily of 352, 991 additional cases in the last 24 hours. 

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