Saturday, July 04, 2020

1st direct flight from Dubai to Guwahati arrives with 189 passengers from Northeast India

Imphal: At least 189 stranded people from Northeast India arrived in Guwahati in Assam with the first direct flight from Dubai on Friday.
This is the first ever flight to the region and also the first ever FlyDubai flight in India, said Ngayaomi Ruivah, a Dubai-based graphic designer from the Northeast Indian state of Manipur.
Ruivah, along with two other youths from Manipur and currently residing in the Emirates, initiated and raised funds of over Rs 7 lakh. The amount was used to sponsor 23 stranded persons from the region to be sent back home by flight on Friday.
Of the 189 on board, 30 passengers are from Manipur. The rest are from Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.
Friday’s flight was a long time in the making, said Ruivah added.
“We started getting desperate calls for help in March when the lockdowns began and quickly rallied community leaders to help those stranded. It’s been a long struggle to finally get this first flight to take off,” said Ruivah.
04/07/20 Vangamla Salle K S/Eastmojo
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