Thursday, July 02, 2020

125,000 Indians repatriated from UAE, more flights added in phase 4 of Vande Bharat Mission

Dubai: More than 125,000 Indians stranded in the UAE during the COVID-19 pandemic have been repatriated since May 7, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has announced.

In a Twitter post, the mission also promised that the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), India’s largest repatriation operation, will continue till all who want to fly home are repatriated.

“Over 1,25,000 Indians have already been safely repatriated home from #UAE since May 7. We will continue the #VandeBharatMission till all those who want to go back are covered. Thank you all our partners,” the tweet said.

More than 450,000 Indians had registered for repatriation.

Meanwhile, more VBM flights have been added from the UAE to various destinations in India under Phase 4 of the mission which began on July 1.
At least 16 flights that have been newly added will be operating from Sharjah International Airport, Pankaj Bodkhe, the consul in charge of VBM flights at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, confirmed to Gulf News on Thursday.
“We had 41 flights from Dubai in this phase. Now, 16 more have been added and all of them will operate from Sharjah,” he said.

However, most of the flights have already been sold out since the government had opened direct selling of tickets on VBM flights operated by Air India Express. While 75 per cent of tickets are open for sale, 25 per cent of tickets are reserved for people in distress with emergency cases handled by the missions.

Only those who have already registered for repatriation on the website of the missions are allowed to purchase tickets.
02/07/20 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News
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