The national carriers of the country, Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have operated 1,103 flights to bring back 2,08,000 stranded Indians from abroad under Vande Bharat Mission, Air India CMD Rajiv Bansal said on Thursday.
Addressing a media briefing, Bansal said that these two national carriers have also ferried back 85,289 passengers to numerous countries round the world.
“As a part of the Vande Bharat Mission for repatriation flights for stranded Indians, as on July 13, Air India & Air India Express has operated 1,103 flights and brought back 2,08,724 Indians & helped repatriate 85,289 individuals to abroad also ,” Bansal said.
As part of the #VandeBharat Mission for Repatriation Flights for Stranded Indians, Air India group (@airindiain & Air India Express) has operated 1103 flights and brought back 2,08,724 Indians & helped repatriate 85,289 individuals@MoCA_GoI
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This development comes after Air India last Sunday said that it’ll operate 14 more flights between India and the united kingdom under Vande Bharat Mission for repatriation of stranded Indians.
These flights of Air India will be operational from July 15 to 24. Moreover, the bookings for these flights have already been in process from July 13.
Further, Air India also will operate additional flights under Vande Bharat Mission from July 21 to 24 connecting Frankfurt, Germany with Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Delhi.
The government started Vande Bharat Mission – one among the largest initiatives to repatriate nationals back to India – on May 7, 2020.
Under this mission, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs and therefore the state governments to hold out the evacuation.
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