Gulftimes : 21,200 Indians repatriated from India so far

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2020

It's operated in several phases since early May bringing over 75,000 Indian citizens back to India whilst taking thousands of people out of the country since outbound travel was eventually allowed.

Scheduled global passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 25 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These flights are scheduled to operate between July 3 and July 15.

Post this, the Aviation Ministry had announced that India is considering establishing "individual bilateral bubbles" with the U.S., the UK, Germany and France allowing airlines of each country in the pact to operate worldwide passenger flights. According to the document, 38 flights will operate on the Indo-UK route and 32 flights on the Indo-US route.

Meanwhile, one more flight took off from Doha's Hamad International Airport (HIA) Saturday as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.

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In a tweet on Sunday evening, the Civil Aviation Ministry said, "Private Airlines will have significant participation in Phase-4 of VBM. By July 1, another 26 flights will land in Mumbai", he said added.

Since May, Air India is carrying out Vande Bharat Mission, which has recently come on the radar after the US, France and the UAE government raised objection to the monopolisation of worldwide air traffic being done by Air India, as no foreign airlines can enter India, though Air India is entering these foreign countries under the Vande Bharat Mission.

Now, as per a report, UAE has barred Air India flights even if they are carrying UAE nationals from India. This was the 48th flight from Doha under the Vande Bharat initiative, "bringing the total number of repatriated passengers to 8,351 plus 224 infants", the embassy said. It has been operating chartered flights on Indo-US routes since May 18 where tickets on both the legs are sold.

The first phase was from May 7 to 16, following which the second phase began.

After almost two months of suspension to combat the coronavirus outbreak, the government resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights from May 25 but in a curtailed manner and by placing lower and upper limits on airfares depending upon the flight duration.

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