In view of the high demand for tickets to the United States and the United Kingdom, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry has stepped up the third phase of the Vande Bharat Mission by adding more daily Air India flights that started flying from 10 June through June 30.
There will be two daily flights to London and 2 other European destinations, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted. Added 10 more flights to the USA And Canada, in addition to 70 already announced, according to the tweet.
This time, tickets were also available at the city’s reservation offices and at the call center.
While regular domestic passenger flights resumed on May 25 after a two-month gap, regular international passenger flights continue to be suspended in India.
Under the Vande Bharat Mission, Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express began operating international flights from May 7 onwards to repatriate stranded Indians from abroad. The first phase was from May 7 to 16, after which the second phase began.
Air India group has operated a total of 423 inbound international flights under the mission, bringing 58,867 Indian citizens back to the country, between May 7 and June 1.
“Vande Bharat is proving to be a mission of hope for stranded & distressed Indians around the world. 2441 Indians returned from Newark, Istanbul, New York, Stockholm, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Doha, Muscat, Dubai & Kuala Lumpur on 9 June,” Puri said.
Both the carriers have so far ferried 66,831 Indians from abroad under the Vande Bharat Mission, while 17,180 passengers have travelled outbound flights by the national carrier to various foreign nations, Puri had said on Monday.