Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Special flights take home stranded foreigners

Chennai: Special flights continued to rescue foreigners stranded here because of the lockdown extension on Monday. Around 160 British citizens left by a special flight to London on Monday while 270 South Korean citizens will leave by a special flight to Seoul on Tuesday. Another 264 South Korean nationals will leave on Wednesday.
The British nationals left the city by a special aircraft operated by British Airways from Chennai airport. The plane had a stop over in Bengaluru, where it picked up more foreigners before leaving for London.
An airport official said the rescue flight was arranged by the British government. “Check-ins and boarding formalities were conducted with precaution,” he added.

Deputy consul general of the Consulate General of Republic of Korea in Chennai, Yup Lee, said one flight will leave on Tuesday with 270 South Korean citizens, another with 264 on Wednesday and a third from Bengaluru with 270 on Friday. “They are students, family members of businessmen and other temporary travellers,” he added.
He also said, “We have 7,000 Koreans in South India. Only about 800 of them will return home.” Most of them are women and children, he added.
21/04/20 Times of India 
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