Sunday, May 17, 2020

Special Dubai-Srinagar flight on May 22 to bring back stranded Kashmiris

After evacuation of stranded Kashmiri students from Bangladesh, a direct Air India flight between Dubai to Srinagar scheduled on May 22 will bring back hundreds of stranded Kashmiris.

As per the schedule for the second phase of the “Vande Bharat Mission” released by the Union Aviation Ministry on Saturday, the direct Dubai-Srinagar flight is among 40 Air India flights to operate between May 18 and June 5 to bring back persons of various states of India stranded in different countries.

Announcement of the evacuation flight has brought cheer to many as there are almost 1,000 Kashmiris stranded in Dubai since government of India suspended international air traffic on March 25 owing to Covid-19.

Director, Srinagar Airport, Santosh Dhoke said they have received the schedule for the evacuation flight from Dubai. “Yes, we have been informed about this flight which will be bringing back some of the stranded persons from Dubai. It depends on the type of aircraft as to how many people shall be brought back; but it would be around 200-300,” said Dhoke.

The announcement of the direct Dubai-Srinagar flight comes on a day when Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam wrote to Foreign Secretary, Government of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla urging him to arrange maximum number of flights to bring back stranded Kashmiris from Oman, Dubai and Iran.
17/05/20 Greater Kashmir
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