Indian national carrier Air India on Thursday clarifies that the will operate special domestic ferry flights for only those passengers who have been repatriated under the “Vande Bharat” mission.
Accordingly, the airline will run these special ferry flights during the second phase of the repatriation mission.
“Domestic Flights mentioned in schedule below are meant for International connecting passengers departing and arriving on the Air India Evacuation flights. These flights are NOT meant for any Domestic passengers.”
Exclusively for repatriated passengers
Many passengers brought to large hub airports would require further transport to reach their home states. These domestic flights will connect Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Jaipur etc.
Air India has been engaged in bring back thousands of Indian citizens from abroad on account of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
Solely a evacuation exercise
The evacuation exercise should not be seen as the beginning of the domestic operations as yet. This should be considered as a part of Air India’s evacuation operations that have been going on under the Vande Bharat Mission. This is just the second phase of the operations where domestic passengers can also be included.
On Wednesday, the airline brought back 2,669 passengers from abroad on 13 flights. These flights are a part of the massive repatriation mission amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Vande Bharat Mission
The Indian government has been making efforts to bring back Indians stranded abroad and under the massive ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, national carrier Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have been undertaking evacuation flights starting May 7.
The Air India Group would operate a total of 64 flights and bring back over 14,000 stranded Indians from 12 countries under the mission.
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