Sunday, March 06, 2022

Operation Ganga: Centre Says 11 Flights To Evacuate 2,200 Stranded Indians From Ukraine Today

New Delhi: As the war between Russia and Ukraine continue to escalate, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday said over 11 flights with more than 2,200 Indian evacuees will operate from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries to India on Sunday. The aviation ministry further added that about 3,000 Indians were airlifted on 15 flights to India on Saturday and added that these included 12 special civilian and 3 Indian Air Force (IAF) flights.t

Under “Operation Ganga”, Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and Indian Air Force are being operated for the evacuees, the ministry noted. 

Due to the ongoing Russian military operations, the Ukrainian airspace has been shut since February 24 and the Indian citizens who were stranded in Ukraine are being airlifted via its neighbouring countries such as Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. 

The IAF is conducting its flights using C-17 military transport planes. The civilian flights are also being operated by Indian carriers such as IndiGo, Air India, Vistara and SpiceJet.

“Today’s (Saturday’s) civilian flights included five from Budapest (Hungary), four from Suceva (Romania), one from Kosice (Slovakia) and two from Rzeszow (Poland),” the ministry said.

The ministry added that on Sunday, 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest, bringing more than 2,200 Indians back home.


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