Monday, August 31, 2020

Vande Bharat Mission Phase 6 to begin on Tuesday, India confirms

New Delhi: With the Indian government ruling out any imminent resumption of scheduled commercial international flights, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has reiterated that phase VI of special flights to repatriate Indian citizens from the Gulf and other locations worldwide will commence on Tuesday (September 1).

"Phase VI of Vande Bharat Mission is scheduled to begin on 1st September. Based on an assessment of demand by our Missions/Posts abroad, flights are being scheduled by Air India Group and private carriers," said Anurag Srivastava, Spokesperson of MEA.

Vande Bharat Mission is the code name which the Indian government has given for a massive, worldwide airlift of Indian citizens wishing to return home on account of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Srivastava confirmed that the bubble arrangements with different countries will continue as per schedule in the phase starting on September 1.

As of August 26, the last date for which confirmed figures are available, Srivastava said "more than 1.2 million Indians stranded abroad have been repatriated by different modes under the Vande Bharat Mission. Flights have been added for repatriation from Kuwait. In addition, the number of flights from other GCC countries has been further augmented."
31/08/20 Wam/Khaleej Times
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