Sunday, May 17, 2020

Changes made at Mangaluru International Airport to receive second repatriation flight

Mangaluru: With 20 passengers who came on the Vande Baharat Mission Air India Express repatriation flight from Dubai testing positive for Covid-19 and other issues faced at the time of their arrival, the Dakshina Kannada district administration has been forced to make changes at the airport.
According to sources, the district administration came under fire after many repatriates, especially pregnant women, alleged several discrepancies and ill-treatment, after landing at the Mangaluru International Airport on the night of May 12. The second repatriation flight to Mangaluru from Dubai will land on Monday. “The district administration has made several changes before the second repatriation flight lands here. One of the major changes is that details about hotels and their fares, where repatriates can get quarantined, will be made available at the Dubai Airport itself, so that evacuees have enough time to decide where they want to stay,” added a source, who is a government official.

When STOI contacted Rahul Shinde, probationary IAS officer, who is in charge of the quarantine facilities for the repatriates, he said that several changes have been made. “The changes are not due to what happened earlier, or several repatriates testing positive for Covid-19, but for everything to happen smoothly at the airport, when repatriation flights land,” he stressed.

He said that porters have been deputed at the Mangaluru International Airport. Secondly, more counters for hotel bookings for institutional quarantine have been arranged. A list of hotels and their fares will be made available for repatriates at the Dubai Airport itself.
17/05/20 Kevin Mendonsa/Times of India
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