Wednesday, July 22, 2020

108 stranded in Middle East reach Gaya

Gaya: As Salam Air, the Muscat (Oman)-based airlines carrying 180 Bihar natives stranded in the Middle East on account of lockdown touched down the Gaya international airport on Tuesday, it became the 100th flight to ferry natives of Bihar and Jharkhand, ever since the operations began on May 18.
Stranded Bihar- Jharkhand natives started arriving in special flights under the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ began on May 18, when a group of 41 persons, including 13 from Jharkhand came back from UK, by a special flight operated by Air India. Gaya is the disembarkation point for Bihar-Jharkhand natives stranded abroad.
Gaya airport director Dilip Kumar said on Tuesday that apart from Salam Air, IndiGo airlines operated two flights from Dubai and Dammam (Saudi Arabia). “Nearly 16,000 persons have so far arrived since the special flight operations began,” Kumar said.

The airport director added that Air India and IndiGo have operated special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission, other repatriation and chartered flights have been operated by airlines like Fly Dubai, Jazeera Airways, Kuwait Airlines, Etehad, Qatar Airways, Spice jet, Air Arabia, Salam Air, Thai Air Asia, Thai Smile, Myanmar National Airways, Myanmar Airways International. Of the 101 flights till date, AI has operated 12 special flights.

As per official estimates, more than 10,000 people are still to be evacuated from other countries. On arrival, those affording paid quarantine are taken to Bodh Gaya-based hotels as per their choice, while others are taken to the government-funded quarantine centre on the campus of Magadh University headquarters.
22/07/20 Times of India
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