India’s repatriation drive, Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) has announced new updates for its phase 4 operations that begin from July 3, 2020.
Under this phase, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said that the national carrier Air India will operate 114 flights, connecting India with Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.
These flights are scheduled to operate between July 3 and July 15. During this period, Air India will operate 31 flights to the US, 19 to the UK, nine to Canada and eight to Australia.
Bookings on India-US and India-Canada sectors begin today:
Air India Express will operate 300 flights in July. Around 136 flights are scheduled until July 14 and 164 flights are scheduled between July 15 and July 31.
Private airlines have volunteered for significant participation in this phase with 498 flights to be operated by them.
Ministry of Civil Aviation said, “Private airlines will have significant participation in phase 4 of VBM. Among others, Indigo will operate 238 flights from Qatar and 219 flights from Kuwait; while Goair will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. The number of private carriers, flights and destinations are likely to increase.”
Meanwhile, the ban on international commercial flights continues until July 15. However, some international scheduled flights may be allowed on the selected routes on a case-to-case basis.