Thursday, June 18, 2020

Relief flights from Dubai, Oman to bring Goans home

Panaji: At least six more repatriation flights are expected to touch down at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, in the coming days, bringing seafarers and expats, who were stranded abroad, back home.
While some of the repatriation flights are under the Vande Bharat mission, they will not be operated by national carrier Air India.
Sources said that two repatriation flights from Dubai operated by Fly Dubai and one from Muscat, operated by IndiGo are scheduled to land at the Dabolim airbase under the Vande Bharat mission.

“The IndiGo flight from Muscat, Oman will arrive with 149 passengers on June 19 at 8pm,” Goa airport director Gagan Malik said.

The flights from Dubai are expected to arrive on June 21 and June 25 though final clearances are yet to be given. Both the flights from Dubai are also expected to bring back 149 Goans. “There is no final approval as yet for the Fly Dubai flights but the clearances will come,” the Goa airport director said .

Aside from these three flights, Qatar Airways is likely to operate two repatriation flights to bring Goan seafarers stranded in Bridgetown, Barbados and from Rome, Italy. The flight from Barbados is expected on June 22, state government officials said. The flights from Rome and Barbados are expected to bring back 280 seafarers each.
18/06/20 Times of India

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