Saturday, May 09, 2020

1st batch of Indians stranded in UK to arrive early morning Sunday

Mumbai: The first batch of Indian nationals stranded in the UK after suspension of commercial air passenger services amid the COVID-19 outbreak are set to arrive here early morning on Sunday, a source said.

The Air India flight, a Boeing 777 aircraft, departed for Mumbai from London at around 11Â am on Saturday, an airline source told PTI.

The flight is expected to arrive at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai (CSMIA) at around 1.15 am on Sunday, he said.

The Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), which manages and operates the Mumbai airport has put together standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure safety of passengers arriving on repatriation flights, starting from Sunday, according to airport officials.

The repatriation operations will see CSMIA catering to 10 flights and six transit flights in the course of seven days, welcoming stranded Indian nationals from countries such as the UK, US, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh and the Philippines -- commencing with four flights on May 10, the MIAL said in a release.

The airport will be complying with the government guidelines during the repatriation where it will ensure the safety and well-being of the passengers, right from the time the flight lands and passengers disembark the aircraft till they leave the terminal building, it said.
09/05/20 PTI/Outlook

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