Thursday, June 25, 2020

Nearly 5,200 stranded Goans have returned home

Panaji: The 21st repatriation flight landed at Goa International Airport bringing 153 stranded Indians from Sharjah on a Vande Bharat relief flight operated by Air India. The flight was followed by an Air Asia flight chartered by Carnival Cruise Line.
The daily repatriation flights have ensured that around 5,200 seafarers and expats working in the Gulf region have been able to return home.
“Screening facilities have been made in the multi-level car park. The Vande Bharat passengers have their swabs collected there while the seafarers are taken to the hotels and then tested as per the state’s protocol,” said Goa Airport director Gagan Malik.
Seafarers working with Florida-based Carnival Cruise Line returned to India on flights that landed at London. From there, special flights Air Asia were chartered to bring the seafarers to Goa. On Tuesday two Air Asia flights landed at Goa with 359 seafarers.
25/06/20 Times of India
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