Air India will operate 114 flights, while IndiGo and GoAir will operate 457 and 41 flights respectively, between July 3 and July 15 under the Vande Bharat Mission phase 4.
The government has launched the mission to bring back stranded Indians from abroad on May 6.
Under the fourth phase of the mission, Air India will operate 114 flights to India from 17 countries, Canada, the US, the UK, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Myanmar, Japan, Ukraine, and Vietnam, according to the PTI.
Air India”s chartered flights will be operated between July 3 and 15, as per the official announcement.
It said the airline will fly 31 flights from the US and 19 flights from the UK.
Earlier, Air India had said that it will operate a total of 170 flights to and from 17 countries.
Private airlines like IndiGo and GoAir will also play a major role in the fourth phase of the mission.
Civil Aviation Ministry on Sunday, tweeted that, “Private Airlines will have significant participation in Phase-4 of VBM. Among others, IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar & 219 flights from Kuwait; while GoAir will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. The number of Pvt carriers, flights & destinations likely to increase.”
Air India is scheduled to operate 272 chartered flights to and from various countries in the third phase, which began on June 10 and will end on July 4.
- After nearly two months of suspension to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the government resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights from May 25 but in a curtailed manner and by placing lower and upper limits on airfares depending upon the flight duration.
- Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on June 20, said that the government will start thinking about resuming scheduled international passenger flights in mid-July when it expects the domestic air traffic to reach 50-55 percent of the levels before coronavirus.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said last Friday that it is extending the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till July 15, but added that some international scheduled services on selected routes may be permitted on a case-to-case basis.