Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Air India raises Rs 6 crore bill for evacuating 647 from coronavirus epicentre Wuhan

Air India has raised a bill of almost Rs 6 crore for evacuating 647 people from Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus.

The minister of state in the Ministry of External Affairs V. Muraleedharan in response to a question in Lok Sabha said, "Air India has raised a bill of Rs. 5,98,90,352/- for operating two special flights to China."
The state carrier spent Rs 92,566.23 on each of the 647 people to evacuate them from China, worst impacted by Coronavirus.

Air India's two special flights were sent to Wuhan on January 31st and February 1st to evacuate 640 Indians and 7 Maldivians.

India had sent three flights to evacuate its citizens and many foreigners from Wuhan. Barring the two Air India flight, an Air Force C17 was sent in the last week of February to evacuate more people.

"An Indian Airforce flight carrying relief material to China also carried Indian citizens from Wuhan, China on its return journey. Expenditure details are yet to be received from the Ministry of Defence."Muraleedharan said.

Government of India evacuated a total of 766 persons, including 723 Indian nationals and 43 foreigners from China.
04/03/20 Sidhant Sibal/Wion
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