Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday (17 August 2020) has announced that Govt. of India’s Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) will enter into its 6th Phase from September 1, which will continue till October 1 and the phase 6 will get additional flights connecting several of the un-served destinations.
The Govt. of India has started this evacuation mission on May 7 and currently, the mission is in the 5th Phase which will continue till 31st August 2020.
Till now more than one million stranded Indians have returned through various modes under Vande Bharat Mission and more than 130K have flown to various countries.
“More flights and destinations being added to VBM to further widen the geographic reach of the mission in its current phase and in Phase – 6 from September 1 to October 24, 2020. Our endeavor is to reach out to every stranded and distressed Indian citizen around the world,”Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri
National carrier Air India has already announced its schedule for the Phase 6 of Vande Bharat Mission, as per the schedule Air India will operate over 145 flights between India and the USA during the VBM – 6
Apart from this Air India will operate 1 Flight Between Delhi – Shanghai 17 Flights Between Delhi – Toronto and 13 Flights Between Delhi – Vancouver.
On the other side, India has already established air bubbles with the US, Canada, Qatar, Oman, the UAE, Singapore, the UK, Frankfurt, Paris, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that more countries will be added to the list soon.
A few more airlines have joined the US-India air bubble corridor along with national carrier Air India and United Airlines flights.
Emirates Airlines and Lufthansa flights have already started its operation under the VBM Phase – 6, giving travelers more options between India and the USA.
Sources said that Virgin Atlantic will also begin operation in September.
British carrier Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch three flights every week from Delhi to London from September 2, while Mumbai services will start from September 17 with four flights per week.