Air India, the flag carrier airline of India owned by Tata Sons on Friday announced that it will be operating two special flights from Delhi to Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) on February 26, Saturday.
“Based upon inputs from MEA on the emerging situation in Ukraine, Air India will operate 2 flights from Delhi to Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) tomorrow February 26,” said Air India.
The move to evacuate Indian citizens through the western borders of Ukraine comes after assurances from Russian President Putin to PM Modi that Russian forces have been instructed to ensure their safety.
The timing will be decided as the evacuees reach the eastern European capitals.
“Air India will be operating flights on B787 aircraft from Delhi & Mumbai to Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) on 26th Feb as special Govt Charter flights to fly back stranded Indian citizens.”
“Air India has always been playing a pivotal role, standing by the Nation during any crisis and now, inspired by the common mission shared by the Tata group and AI of serving the Nation & its People first – our-employees are only too eager to respond to the call of our Nation, driven by our values & conviction that “if we don’t do it then who will?”
Indian Embassy Issues Advisory for Citizens
The Indian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine on Friday issued a fresh advisory for Indian citizens (mostly students) who are stuck in Ukraine due to Russian military operation in Ukraine. The Embassy in its advisory informs stranded Indian citizens that the government of India is working to evacuate them through Romania and Hungary.
The embassy also said that the Government of India and the Embassy of India are working to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary.
“At present, teams are getting in place at the following checkpoints: Chop-Zahony Hungarian border near Uzhhorod, Porubne-Siret Romanian border near Chernivtsi,” it said. Once these routes are established, Indians from Ukraine leaving on their own will also be required to reach these places.