Air India will soon offer domestic flights for repatriated Indians who have been brought back as part of the “Vande Bharat” mission. The flights are likely to be offered during the second phase of the repatriation mission, media reports said.
The domestic flights will connect Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi and Jaipur among others. Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have been undertaking evacuation flights from May 7 onwards and will operate a total of 64 flights to bring back over 14,000 stranded Indians from 12 countries under the first phase of the mission.
Earlier Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that around 30,000 Indians stranded abroad due to Covid19 and the resultant ban on travel will be repatriated in the second phase of the Vande Bharat mission.
The second phase will see 149 flights being operated to 31 countries across the world to bring back stranded Indians. It should be noted that all the repatriated passengers have to pay for their way home.
The second phase of the repatriation will begin from May 16 onwards. Thirteen flights for US, 11 for UAE, 10 for Canada, nine each for Saudi Arabia and the UK have been planned so far. Eight flights each from Malaysia and Oman and seven each from Kazakhstan and Australia will also be pressed into service.
Flights to Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand and Ukraine will also be operated.