Sunday, February 27, 2022

Mission airlift: As fighting surges in Ukraine, India continues to send evacuation flights for its stranded citizens

India continued to send evacuation flights to Romania and Hungary to bring back stranded Indians as the invading Russian forces came closer and closer to the Ukrainian capital city Kyiv.

India's second evacuation flight, AI1942, landed in Delhi from Bucharest around 2.45 am on Sunday with 250 passengers, and a third with 240 people left from Budapest and landed with 240 people at 9.20 am, PTI quoted officials as saying.

India's first evacuation flight, AI1944, brought back 219 people from Bucharest to Mumbai on Saturday evening.

An Air India spokesperson said the airline's fourth evacuation flight is expected to come from Bucharest to Delhi with evacuees on Sunday afternoon.

The spokesperson said there were plans to send two more planes to Bucharest and Budapest on Sunday so that they can operate fifth and sixth evacuation flights but it is "all highly tentative".

"Fourth #OperationGanga flight is wheels up from Bucharest. 198 Indian nationals are coming back to Delhi," Jaishankar tweeted.

In an earlier tweet, he said: "Third flight of #OperationGanga with 240 Indian nationals has taken off from Budapest for Delhi."

India’s Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia greeted the evacuees at the Delhi airport.

27/02/22 PTI/Tribune

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