Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Tamils in Kuwait wait for rescue flight to Trichy

Trichy: Despite hundreds of Tamils still stranded in Kuwait following the Covid-19 lockdown, not a single service has been operated so far by Air India Express under Vande Bharat mission to Trichy. Though rescue flights were expected in the fifth phase of the mission which began on August 2, it came as a dampener when Trichy didn’t figure in it.
In all, 49 services were operated from other countries to Trichy under Vande Bharat mission. Sources said about 20,000 Indians, mostly Tamils, stuck in Kuwait have been waiting for four months to return. Kuwait government had arranged eight services to Trichy, bringing 909 people via Kuwait Airlines. Jazeera Air and IndiGo Air brought back 1,810 passengers in 11 services. “However, the ticket fare and other expenses like Covid-19 test in Trichy, isolation at private hotels and food make it unaffordable. In the case of Vande Bharat exceptflight fare, the others are taken care of,” Nowshath Ali, president of Association of Overseas Tamils in Kuwait, said 2,719 Tamils had so far been brought to Trichy on 19 foreign charter flights including Kuwait Airways. Till August 3, 95 flights have brought 15,768 passengers to Trichy international airport on Vande Bharat mission. Kuwait Air, Jazeera Airlines and IndiGo have so far brought 2,719 Tamils from Kuwait. Yet, hundreds await in the country expecting the Indian government to operate Vande Bharat rescue flights.
05/08/20 Times of India
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