Thursday, July 30, 2020

5th Phase Of Indian Repatriation Flights To Begin Tomorrow

India will launch the fifth phase of its Vande Bharat Mission tomorrow to repatriate Indian nationals that are stranded abroad. The fifth phase, which will run during August, will bring stranded nationals home from 23 countries. The mission is expected to bring a further 130,000 Indian nationals back.
The Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) will enter its fifth phase in August. The scheme, organized by the Indian government, will be offering flights from more destinations at a lower price, as an increase in the number of international airlines entering India is driving prices down.

A total of 792 flights, of which 692 are international, have been scheduled between August 1st and 31st. Indian nationals will be able to fly from 23 countries including, the UAE, the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Israel, and Kyrgyzstan.

Air India will be offering VBM flights to five destinations in the US; New York JFK, Newark, Washington DC, Chicago, and San Francisco. These flights will operate thrice weekly. The airline will also be offering flights to Paris and London three times a week and Frankfurt four times weekly. Air India Express is scheduled to operate a total of 118 flights from the UAE to India during this fifth phase of VBM.

During a media briefing, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava, said that the flights would cater to 21 different airports in India and bring 130,000 more Indian nationals home. He added that so far under the VBM, 878,921 Indian citizens have returned home. Not all of these returned by flight however, with 107,452 people crossing land borders into India from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
30/07/20 Lindy Whitehouse/Simple Flying
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