Monday, July 20, 2020

NY, Frisco, Toronto, Gulf... at least 83 flights to land in Karnataka this month

While the ban on international flights continues till the end of the month, at least 83 flights from various destinations across the world will be flying stranded Indians into the state in July. According to the Vande Bharat Mission Phase-4 (as on July 18), 83 flights are scheduled to land at the Bengaluru and Mangaluru airports, from various destinations.
A majority of these flights are from the USA, followed by UAE and other Gulf countries like Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. From the USA, around 23 flights are scheduled to operate; barring one flight from New York, the remaining flights are from San Francisco.
Similarly, 16 flights operated from UAE are from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai and Rus al-Khaima. Among the other Gulf countries, seven flights will operate from Oman and Qatar and eight flights from Saudi Arabia.
In the Europe sector, eight flights would operate from the UK, two from Germany and one each from the Netherlands and Sweden. Three flights are operating from Canada, of which two are from Toronto and one from Vancouver. It’s been over two and a half months since special flights started service under the mission, and so far 163 flights from different destinations have landed at two airports in the state. Under Phase-1 of the mission, only six flights were operated. In Phase-2 (which included Phase-2 additional and Phase-2++), 36 flights were operated, and in Phase-3, 38 flights were operated.
A majority of the flights in the four phases were operated from the USA (46 flights) followed by UAE (24 flights), Saudi Arabia (14 flights) and UK (12 flights). In June, the US and French announced imposing restrictions on Air India’s repatriation under the mission. However, last week Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that India was in an advanced stage of negotiations with these countries and had formed ‘air bubbles’ to ensure eligible people can continue to travel direct to and from both sides, till the resumption of regular flights.
20/07/20 Bangalore Mirror
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