Over 1000 people will return to Gujarat during the first week of the Centre’s massive efforts to bring back Indians stranded abroad. The global evacuation of Indians will start from May 7 onwards.
The SVPI airport in the city will see flights from the United Kingdom (UK), Singapore, Kuwait, Philippines and the United States (US). The flight from Manila (Philippines), London (UK) and Singapore will have 250 passengers each while the one from New York (USA) via Mumbai will have 300 passengers. In all the government will be flying 64 commercial non-scheduled flights from May 7 to 13 to bring back stranded Indians.
The government announced that the passengers will have to pay for their own journey and the price is expected to be anywhere between Rs12000 and Rs1 lakh depending on the countries in which they are stuck. The Centre had already sent three naval ships to ferry stranded Indians from Maldives and UAE. The passengers will have to pay their way here too.
In the first week, Air India will operate 64 flights to 12 countries which is expected to bring back 15,000 Indians. So far over 2 lakh Indians have registered to return home.