Actor Sonu Sood has arranged a special chartered flight to send 147 female and 20 male migrant workers from Kochi to Bhubaneshwar.
All migrants were working at a textile factory and a plywood factory in the district left for their homes on a chartered flight operated by AirAsia from Cochin International Airport in Ernakulam district took off to Bhubaneshwar in Odisha on Friday morning at 8 am.
Anup Manjeshwar, Head, Sales & Distribution, AirAsia India said “They had been desperate since the special Shramik trains were not immediately available and their money had got all used up. ‘Umeed Ki Udaan’ initiative might be the first to fly out migrant workers in a chartered flight in the country. “
“Bollywood actor Sonu Sood arranged the chartered flight for the women after coming to know about their plight and the expenses of the flight were borne by the actor” he added
Commenting on the initiative, Sonu Sood said, “When I decided to come forward in support of these migrant workers who have been stranded, all I had in my mind was how I can help reunite them with their families and homes. I must thank AirAsia India for their immediate response and interest in supporting this endeavor.”
“AirAsia is happy to be a part of Sonu Sood’s initiative and help people in need to get back to their loved ones. His compassion and empathy have been inspiring. We have always taken pride in connecting people and destinations. So to safely get these guests to their homes is another feather in our cap,” said Anup.
The 46-year-old actor had also recently launched a toll-free helpline number through which one can reach out to his team for help.
The Odisha government has given the necessary permits required for the migrant workers to get back to their home state. The flight will be arriving at Biju Patnaik International Airport in Odisha by around 10.30 am on Friday.
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