Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Israel Thanks Air India For Rescuing Its Stranded Nationals

Tel Aviv: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, an Air India special flight carrying 314 Israelis landed in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening with many relieved passengers holding the flags of India and Israel thanking the Indian national carrier and its crew for flying them back home in difficult circumstances.
The Israeli embassy in New Delhi had requested help from the Ministry of External Affairs to evacuate the Israeli citizens.

Air India recently operated similar rescue flights for Indians stuck in China, Italy, Iran and Spain.

According to a senior official of the airline, the Boeing 777 aircraft departed from Delhi around 4 pm.

Israel's Ambassador in New Delhi, Ron Malka, was at the airport to see off the passengers and thanked Air India for the selfless service.

"I thank and appreciate the @airindiain flight staff who are responsibly and selflessly ensuring that Israelis get home safe. Dhanyavad from the bottom of our (heart in emoji)", Mr Malka tweeted before the flight took off from India.
Air India's country manager in Tel Aviv, Pankaj Tiwari, praised the entire team of "ground staff, engineering personnel, catering staff and the crew of the flight who in such difficult circumstances rose to the occasion keeping aside their personal interests to make this flight a reality".
"Whenever such call of service is made, Air India will always be in the forefront and do their best to safely unite the passengers to their families", Mr Tiwari told news agency PTI.
India is on lockdown from March 25 to April 14 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
27/03/20 PTI/NDTV
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