Transport aircraft in Eindhoven; Credit: EATC

Luxembourg's Ministry of State and the Directorate of Defence have confirmed the transport of 58 ventilators to India.

Following the decision of the Luxembourg government to make medical equipment available to India in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Luxembourg Army and the Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (Corps grand-ducal d'incendie et de secours - CGDIS) ensured the transport of 58 ventilators to New Delhi from the military airport of Eindhoven (the Netherlands) on Monday.

The ventilators were transported on board a Dutch carrier plane which Luxembourg's Directorate of Defence was able to request urgently from the European Air Transport Command (EATC). As part of this organisation, Luxembourg has privileged access to the fleet under the command of the EATC. In this case, the EATC looked for the most suitable means for the need expressed by the Directorate of Defence and planned and executed the flight on behalf of Luxembourg to India. This cooperation is the result of pooling and sharing aircraft between seven European states (Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Italy).

The Luxembourg Army coordinated with the Dutch military authorities and the CGDIS to provide road transport and ensure access to the military airport of Eindhoven, from where the flight in question departed.

The 58 ventilators were delivered in response to India's request for support through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.