Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Aviation Minister announced on Wednesday that 6,188 people stranded were returned during Phase 7 of the Vande Bharat Mission.
On Twitter, Puri shared data showing that on December 15 (Tuesday), 6,188 Indians themselves were returning from various locations such as Sharjah, London, Nairobi and others.
Now in phase 7, the mission has facilitated repatriation and overseas travel for more than 3.8 million people.
We launched Vande Bharat Mission when our citizens were stranded around the world & wanted to travel back to India.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) December 16, 2020
Now in Phase-7, the mission has facilitated repatriation & outbound international travel of more than 3.8 million people. pic.twitter.com/XxQuHjTmcl
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) spokesman Anurag Srivastava previously announced that phase 8 of the Vande Bharat mission has been extended to December 31.
“Under this extended phase called Phase 8 Plus, 897 international flights have been scheduled to operate from 15 countries with a capacity to repatriate an estimated 1.5 lakh people.”
Under the Phase 8+, Indian national carrier Air India will operate flights from Bangkok, Colombo, Kuwait, Nairobi, Rome, Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Yangon. While Air India Express will operate over 700 flights from 6 countries viz. Bahrain, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, and UAE.
The Vande Bharat Mission began evacuating Indians who were stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions in early May.