Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Repatriation: Air India to operate 6 special UK-India flights from May 7-12

New Delhi: Air India will operate six special flights from London Heathrow between May 7 and 12 to fly home Indians stranded in the UK. Two flights will be to Mumbai (on May 7 and 9); one each to Bengaluru (May 8); Ahmedabad (May 10); Chennai (May 11) and Delhi (May 12), according to the website of the Indian High Commission in London.

Indians being brought back to India will need to pay the airfares and bear cost of quarantine at designated places for 14 days on return. They will need to give n undertaking for the same.

A large number of Indians are stranded across the world, including UK. India had stopped schedule international passenger flights on March 22 and asked its citizens to stay put where they are till arrangements are made to bring them back.

“Priority is being given to the most vulnerable categories such as pregnant women and very elderly people, people facing medical emergencies, people who have bereavements or terminally/seriously illnesses in their most immediate families in India, stranded tourists etc.… The flights would be made available on payment-basis. You will be contacted directly by Air India regarding booking of tickets and payment,” the Indian High Commission in London says on its website.

“Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all passengers would have to follow the protocols, including those issued by ministries of health and civil aviation. Air India would be providing gloves and masks,” it adds.
05/05/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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