Vande Bharat Mission has been launched for evacuating Indians stranded in foreign countries amidst the coronavirus-induced travel sanctions. Two special flights of Air India carrying 363 Indian nationals from UAE including nine infants have landed in Kerala.
The first flight under Vande Bharat Mission, Air India Express IX 452 was carrying 177 passengers, and the second flight IX 344 carrying 177 passengers took off at 5.07 pm and 5.46 pm respectively.
Details Of Vande Bharat Mission
India in its massive respiration operation Vande Bharat Mission will bring back nearly 15000 Indians stranded overseas with Air India’s Special flights from 12 countries over a week, starting Thursday.
The government will operate 64 flights until May 13 and will take the help of the Indian navy with its three ships, as part of Phase 1 of an evacuation plan.
On 64 flights, 15 would land in Kerala, 11 in Delhi and Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra and Telangana will have 7 flights each.
Gujrat, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh will get the remainder of the flights.
Pavan Kapoor, Indian Ambassador to the UAE was seen enquiring about the status of the passengers and keeping a regular check of the whole process.
Besides the one-way ferry service, Air India as a good gesture has also invited passengers, who qualify under the government’s new International travel norms to apply for passage from India to various destinations. The airline will send its aircraft to conduct evacuation flights.