New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that under the ‘Vande Bharat’ Mission’, Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have managed to bring 6037 Indians back to India through 31 flights so far under the first phase commencing from May 7, 2020.
Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express are operating 64 flights in 12 countries under the ‘Vande Bharat’ Mission. Of these, 42 flights are operated by Air India and 24 flights are operated by Air India Express. The 12 countries include the US, London, Bangladesh, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Philippines, UAE and Malaysia. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, 14,800 Indians stranded abroad will be brought back under the first phase.
The community leaders welcomed the Government of India’s move. The government announced that the return of Indian nationals stranded abroad would be facilitated by special flights which would start in a phased manner from May 7 and flights could continue till May 13.
The number of flights will increase in the coming weeks
The number of flights could be increased in the coming weeks, given a large number of Indian students and people stranded in the US due to travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Indian embassies and consulates in the United States recently began making lists of Indians planning to return home. This list is being made through online registration.