GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited & GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo (GMR-HYD) and Dubai Airports are coming together to build an exclusive Vaccine Air Freight Corridor Product called ‘HYDXB-VAXCOR’ (‘Hyderabad to Dubai global vaccine corridor), and the MoU for the same was signed by Pradeep Panicker, CEO-GMR Hyderabad International Airport, Saurabh Kumar, CEO-GMR Hyderabad Air Cargo, and Eugene Barry, EVP-Commercial, Dubai Airports Corporation in a virtual ceremony recently.
As per the MoU, GMR-HYD and Dubai Airports will be according to priority to the temperature-sensitive vaccine shipments moving between GMR Hyderabad and Dubai Airports for further connections to various Continents as part of the “HYDXB-VAXCOR” and build this service offering as a key differentiator and value proposition for the Vaccine Customers and Logistics Stakeholders. This agreement will lead to the roll-out of customized and simplified processes and infrastructural support to streamline the journey of Covid-19 Vaccine right from the manufacturing unit to the airport and hub logistics to delivery to end-customers.
As part of this joint initiative, Dubai Airports has identified GMR-HYD as a key strategic air cargo partner to leverage its global distribution ecosystem, while GMR-HYD will leverage Dubai Airport as a key strategic collaborator towards facilitating the global vaccine supply chain with the provision of value-added services for vaccine exporters and imported from both the countries. The partnership also entails technology collaboration, under which both the entities will explore and work together on an Integrated IT Solution that will provide end-to-end visibility including shipment temperature and status tracking for the customers while cargo is in transit between HYD and DXB and during its onwards journey to various global destinations.
Commenting on this development, Panicker said, “In the current global context, there is a need for meticulous planning & collaborations to ensure safe and efficient air transportation of Covid-19 vaccines. Accordingly, we have partnered with Dubai Airports to jointly offer “HYDXB-VAXCOR” for the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. We are also significantly upgrading our handling capacities for Covid-19 vaccine shipments requiring cold to ultra-cold temperature ranges and becoming India’s largest air cargo center both for export/imports and domestic distribution of the vaccine.”GMR-HYD is expanding its facilities and streamlining processes both on landside and airside to meet the unique requirements of handling the Covid-19 vaccine. It has already launched a large, custom-built Cool Dolly, a Mobile Refrigerated Unit for airside transportation till Aircraft maintaining the Cold-Chain, this year, which is scalable.
“A major surge in demand for the efficient, safe and reliable global distribution of high volumes of Covid-19 vaccines is expected in the coming months and as the world’s preeminent hub of choice, we wanted to be ready to respond to and accommodate that demand. Our partnership with GMR-Hyderabad is timed perfectly just as the global race to develop the vaccines enters the final stage. This corridor is the result of our proactive strategy to be ready with innovative, collaborative, and agile shipping solutions for the industry,” said Griffiths.