The government of India has facilitated the repatriation and international travel of over 20 lakh people through different means since 6th May 2020, said Civil Aviation Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri.
On Thursday, while Interacting with media persons in New Delhi Puri said that under the Vande Bharat Mission, 17,11,128 people have traveled back to India and 2,97,536 people have traveled out of India.
Speaking about international travel, Shri Puri informed that the Government of India has formalized air bubble arrangements with 16 countries like the USA, Canada, France, Germany, UK, Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Japan, Nigeria, Kenya, Iraq, Bhutan, and Oman.
He added that Government is in discussion with Italy, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and others for similar arrangements.
Puri further said that domestic operations were started in a calibrated manner with 33% capacity of the approved summer schedule w.e.f. 25th May 2020, enhanced to 45% from 26th June and 60% from 2nd Sep 2020.
More than 1.2 crore domestic passengers have flown since 25th May 2020. 1,56,565 passengers traveled on 1525 flights on 8th October 2020.