Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Flight from Qatar arrives, brings 172 passengers to Goa

Panaji: The first repatriation flight from Qatar landed at 8:30pm on Monday with 172 stranded Indians.
The IndiGo Airlines flight has been organised by Goan Welfare Association, Qatar (GWA) in collaboration with the Indian Cultural Centre (apex body of Indian Embassy in Qatar). Another flight is expected on July 8.

“The arrangements were done very well. Everything is going very smoothly at the airport. We were given self declaration forms at Doha itself. Kadamba buses have been arranged to take us to the hotels,” said Janice Fernandes, a passenger on the flight.

The passengers, including some from Maharashtra and Karnataka, had their swab samples collected at the airport after they paid to get tested.

Though the Centre has planned several Vande Bharat Mission flights to repatriate the expat community, the flights are inadequate with a long list of people registered with the Indian Embassy for repatriation. This prompted the association to arrange for special flights. According to president of the asociation Simon D’Silva, many Goans have been waiting to return since February.
07/07/20 Times of India
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