Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said that national carrier Air India has earned a revenue of ₹ 2556.60 crores from flights operated under the Vande Bharat Mission.
The Govt. of India has suspended that scheduled international flights to/from the country on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
To repatriate Indians stranded all over the world the govt of India has started the Vande Bharat Mission from May 6, 2020.
“As on 31st August 2020, Air India and Air India Express have operated a total of 4505 inbound and outbound special repatriation flights,” Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha.
Out of a total of about 11 lakh Indian nationals repatriated till August 31, about four lakh passengers were carried by the Air India group into India, Puri further added.
In addition, the Air India group also carried about 1.9 lakh outbound passengers (including foreigners) to foreign destinations from India, the minister noted.
“The total revenue generated by Air India group from Vande Bharat Mission flights up to 31st August 2020 is ₹ 2556.60 crore,” Puri stated.