Sichuan Airlines has suspended all its cargo flights to India. The airlines is ones of the China’s state run flights which are declared to remain suspended for 15 days. The decision will cause major disruption to private traders’ efforts to procure the much-needed oxygen concentrators and other medical supplies from the country. Beijing reiterating its readiness to help India to deal with the latest surge of Covid-19 cases cancellation of airlines will cause a great disruption in process.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a media briefing that “China has been closely following the epidemic situation in India. We show our sincerest sympathies to the worsening situation in India,” on Monday. He further stated thatn“We have stated that we are ready to help India fight the virus at the first opportunity available. Two sides are in communication regarding this.” While Chinese Embassy in Colombo tweet “800 Oxygen Concentrators have been airlifted today from #HongKong to #Delhi; 10,000 more in a week. #China is keeping in touch with #India for urgent needs.” Wang declined to give any response to China’s state-run airline, Sichuan Airlines decision. The suspension of its cargo flights to several destinations to India which will seriously cause disruptions to private traders’ efforts to procure oxygen concentrators badly needed in India. In a letter by the Sichuan Chuanhang Logistics Co. Ltd wrote that the company is part of the Sichuan Airlines said the airline has suspended its cargo flights on six routes, including Xian to Delhi. The sudden decision of suspension of cargo flights came as a surprise to agents and freight forwarders who are frantically trying to procure the oxygen concentrators from China. However, there are also virtually no Indians travelling to China from India other than diplomats as China has suspended visas for Indians since November and flights remained banned.
India is struggling with a second wave of the pandemic where Sinha said the Chinese suppliers also resorted to “inhuman” practice of heavy jacking up of prices to cash in on the pandemic emergency. Another Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian last week said that China is in communication with India to provide necessary support and assistance.