The devastating surge in COVID-19 cases in in India & Nepal has caused an acute shortage of oxygen & related equipment in these nations. The international governmental and NGO sector is helping to respond with shipments of specialized equipment.
NEPAL – COVID19 SURGE & OXYGEN SHORTAGES
LOGISTICS SITREP "FLASH" 19 MAY 2021
Airport & Air Cargo Access
NEPAL – As of 19/5/2021, most commercial flights with international carriers to Kathmandu Airport (KTM/VNKT) are suspended. Very few international or domestic flights have landed in recent days (Himalaya Airlines/H9 appearing to be one of few airlines operating). The current information suggests that some international flights will recommence again from 02-June onwards with air cargo capacity by belly-hold mostly. Charter cargo flights are possible with some smaller to mid-sized freighter aircrafts whose crews have been simulator trained in the high altitude VNKT approach. No airport NOTAMS restricting aid flights. We expect that letters of consignee support would be needed for charter permits – standard permitting time is usually 7-10 working days provided air operators have requisite training.
Nepal government has suspended duties on many medical import items including items such as medical grade oxygen, oxygen cylinders, ISO containers for shipping oxygen, oxygen concentrators, regulators, ventilators and ICU beds etc.