The Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday that as many as 13.74 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the govt launched the ‘Vande Bharat’ evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6 became operational on September 1 and 1,007 international flights are scheduled to operate during this month.
“We expect to repatriate over 2 lakh people,” he said at an online media briefing.
“As on 10 September, 13.74 lakh Indians are repatriated through different modes of the Vande Bharat Mission viz. Air India, private and foreign carriers, chartered flights, naval ships, and land border crossings,” Srivastava said.
Of these, 270 international flights have already been operated from GCC countries, Jordan, Afghanistan, Maldives, China, Thailand, US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, and Australia, he said.
Bilateral travel arrangements form the majority of this phase with travel ‘bubble’ flight operations from 11 countries, he said.
The ministry continues to observe the demand for repatriation through our mission and posts and “we are working with the airlines to ensure assistance”, he said.