The second phase of India’s repatriation drive, Vande Bharat Mission begins tomorrow.
As a part of this, Air India and its low-cost subsidiary Air India Express will operate 149 flights to bring back 30,000 more stranded nationals from 31 countries. Under the first phase, over 12,000 of the expected 14,800 citizens have already arrived in India. More flights are underway.
Vande Bharat Mission’s second phase will see repatriation flights from countries including the USA, the UK, Australia, Italy, Russia, Canada, Philippines and UAE.
London-Mumbai, Rome- Kochi, Sydney-Delhi, Kathmandu-Delhi, Manila-Mumbai, Abu Dhabi- Visakhapatnam, Moscow-Delhi and Kuala Lumpur-Bengaluru are few of the many routes served by Air India under this mission. The complete flight schedule can be viewed here.
Dubai-Kochi, Muscat-Hyderabad, Doha-Kannur, Bahrain-Thiruvananthapuram and Kuala Lumpur- Tiruchirappalli sectors will be operated by Air India Express. Repatriation flight details for Air India Express.
In an official tweet, Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of Civil Aviation, India said “ The 149 flights in the second phase of Mission Vande Bharat will not wait for remaining flights of the first phase to get over. The two phases will be operated simultaneously and seamlessly. There will be no gap between them. We remain committed to bringing back our stranded and distressed citizens.”