Vande Bharat mission: 1000 flights being added in phases 3 and 4

According to a report by Times Now, Air India to fly to Latin America to rescue stranded Indians under the Vande Bharat Mission,

1000 flights being added in phases 3 and 4.

In a press conference Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said close to 2,75,000 Indians, who were stranded in foreign countries, have been brought back to the country in flights and ships during the lockdown.

Puri in a tweet said 5078 people returned on 19th June from Paris, Moscow, Dhaka, Kiev, Auckland, Lagos, London, Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, Doha, Bishkek, Almaty, Dubai, Phnom Penh & Muscat.

“Any suggestion that international traffic has opened up & we are the only one not to open up needs reality check. The exact time when we will resume international flight depends on the other countries to be open to receive flights,” the Civil Aviation Minister said.

“Around 38,000 persons are expected to be repatriated under this phase in 337 international flights from 31 countries. After the commencement of the Vande Bharat mission on May 7, a total of 454 flights, including foreign carriers, have brought back stranded Indians. As of date, 1,07,123 Indians have returned,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. 

Air India has operated 103 flights under the second phase to bring back stranded Indian nationals from abroad, Srivastava said, adding the Indian Navy has also made sorties to bring back Indians from Sri Lanka and the Maldives. As per the government’s policy for evacuation, Indians having “compelling reasons” to return like pregnant women, elderly people, students and those facing the prospect of deportation are being brought back home.

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