Saturday, June 20, 2020

India to operate over 1,000 more flights under Vande Bharat; private carriers to operate 70% of it

Indians still stuck in foreign land and want to return to the country will soon have a lot of options to return home, as the government today announced that it has allowed Indian airlines to operate over 1,000 flights under the two phases (3 & 4) of the Vande Bharat Mission.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced today that they have allowed both private airlines and Air India to operate about 1050 flights under the scheme.
“Under the two phases of the VB mission, we have allowed Air India to operate 300 flights and Indian private carriers have been allowed to operate 750 flights. Of these, the airlines will decide and start operating these flights,” Puri announced at a press conference today.
Air India is the only Indian carrier that has the capability to fly to countries in the UK, US, Europe and Canada. All other private airlines can operate short-haul international destinations.
Among private airlines, Vistara has dual aisle aircraft that can easily fly to the UK but the airline could not start long-haul international flights due to COVID.
The Vande Bharat flights, announced and planned by the Indian government and operated mainly by Air India, is in its third phase and already brought back about 100,000 Indians in 389 flights from across the globe.
20/06/20 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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