Sunday, September 27, 2020

61,000 Kannadigas returned under VBM

 Ever since the government started the Vande Bharat mission flights in May more than 61,000 passengers have travelled back to Karnataka from different cities across the globe.

Vande Bharat flights are operated to two airports in the state, the Kempegowda International Airport and the Mangaluru International Airport. The first flight under the mission to Bengaluru was operated on May 12 and since then under different phases several flights have been operated to two airports to bring back stranded Indians.

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said that more than 61,000 stranded Indian’s citizens returned to Karnataka alone.

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 and Phase-4 38 and 79 flights were operated respectively. Similarly under Phase-5 83 flights were operated and under Phase-6 which run through the months of September and October 179 flights are scheduled as on September 25.

Air India operated flights from destinations like Moscow, Stockholm, Kyiv, Nursultan (Kazakhstan), Lagos (Nigeria), Auckland, Washington DC, New York, Jakarta, Melbourne, Vancouver, Toronto, Dublin among other cities which were hitherto not connected to Bengaluru.

27/09/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror

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