Sunday, April 05, 2020

5,751 stranded foreign nationals repatriated from DIAL

Mumbai: Post the 21-day coronavirus lockdown was announced on March 24, over 5,751 stranded foreign nationals were repatriated to their country of origin from theDelhi International Airport.

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has handled a total of 29 flights between March 25 and April 2.

Commercial flight operations came to a halt at the Delhi Airport on March 25, following the 21-day lockdown announced by the government to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

“Delhi Airport is operational 24x7 despite the suspension of commercial operations, due to the 21-day lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak. At present, Delhi Airport is handling cargo and evacuation flights, operated by various countries,” CEO-DIAL Videh Kumar Jaipuriar said.

Several foreign nationals were stranded in different parts of India post the lockdown. The Indian government and several embassies were coordinating to escalate the repatriation process for the said nationals.
Delhi Airports is one of the hub airports for several international flights.

According to a statement, between March 25 and April 2, “It has handled a total of 29 flights in which about 5,751 stranded foreign nationals flew to their country of origin from here.”
The biggest aircraft used for evacuation was an Airbus 380, operated by Lufthansa, which flew around 500 German nationals to Frankfurt.
04/04/20 Business Line

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