Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Second evacuation flight to K''taka lands in B''luru from Singapore

Bengaluru: The second evacuation flight to Karnataka landed in this tech city on Tuesday from Singapore with 177 returnees, an official said.

"The Boeing 737-8HG of Air-India Express (IX-485/485) landed at the city international airport at 8:56 p.m., with 177 passengers and three infants from Singapore," the official told IANS here.

Of the 177 passengers, 42 alighted from the aircraft through the aero-bridge, while the remaining 135 evacuees were seated for onward journey to Kochi in the neighbouring state of Kerala.

The foreign returnees were stranded overseas for about 50 days due to the suspension of international air services by the government since March 23 and the extended lockdown since March 25 to contain the coronavirus spread across the country.

"The 42 passengers to the southern state included women, senior citizens, students, tourists and professionals, who were held up in Singapore and South East Asia during the lockdown, as no overseas and domestic commercial flights were operated since March 23," said the official.

The passengers were received by the state health department and the state-run A-I subsidiary officials at the arrival terminal.

The returnees were given new masks to wear and sanitiser to wash their hands and were told to maintain social distancing till they exit the airport.
12/05/20 IANS/Outlook
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