Sunday, July 05, 2020

First relief flight from Doha to land Monday, 172 Indians set to return

Panaji: Bringing an end to a 100-day long anxiety-ridden period, 172 stranded Indians will return home on Monday from Qatar on a chartered flight operated by IndiGo airlines. The flight will depart from Doha at 10:30am and land at Goa International Airport, Dabolim around 4.40pm, said officials.
The flight has been organised by Goan Welfare Association (GWA), Qatar, in collaboration with the Indian Cultural Centre (apex body of Indian embassy in Qatar).
“Many Goans, including people from neighbouring states like Karnataka and Maharashtra on short term visas, aged parents, pregnant women and students who came on a visit are part of these stranded people,” GWA president Simon D’Silva said.
GWA alloted five tickets free to passengers who were in dire straits, while seven passengers who backed out of the journey were refunded. Since IndiGo will not provide food and beverages, GWA will distribute meal packets. D’Silva said that hotel accommodation, transportation to neighbouring states with online entry passes and Covid-19 tests have been arranged.
Some Goans who could not be accommodated on this flight will travel on the flight on July 8. “Some Goans were left behind and we had to arrange another flight on July 8. We are desperate to return and were not given clear information about this first flight,” Slanney Lucas said. The Goan Qatar Association helped organise the second flight too.
05/07/20 Times of India
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