Thursday, March 03, 2022

A Look At IndiGo's Considerable Ukraine Repatriation Plans

The Indian government’s evacuation effort to bring back stranded citizens affected by the Ukraine-Russia conflict is in full swing. The rescue mission, which started with Air India, has been boosted by India’s largest airline, IndiGo, with chartered flights bringing back as many Indians as possible.

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has left many Indian nationals (mostly students) fleeing to neighboring countries for safety. The Government of India had initially planned several Air India flights to bring back some citizens directly from Ukraine, but only one of those flights could successfully carry out the mission due to the closure of Ukrainian airspace.

As part of the Indian government’s ongoing Operation Ganga mission, IndiGo has joined Air India in bringing back Indians who have managed to cross the Ukrainian border to enter neighboring countries.

The LCC has planned 20 flights to Hungary, Romania, and Poland over a period of four days from February 28th to March 3rd. So far, IndiGo has managed to bring back 1300 Indian citizens, with more scheduled to arrive today. Apart from bringing back evacuees in the return leg via Istanbul, some of these flights also carried relief material during their onward journey to Budapest and Rzeszow.

The airline has deployed its A321s on the mission. So far, six flights have come back, out of which four landed with more than 850 Indian citizens on March 2nd. The passengers were received by several cabinet ministers, including Dr. Jitendra Singh - Minister of State PMO and Ms. Smriti Irani - Minister of Women and Child Development.

Six flights are expected to land on March 3rd, with eight more departing on the same day to bring back more evacuees. Four of the last eight flights will depart from New Delhi – two each to Budapest (Hungary) and Rzeszow (Poland) via Istanbul – and four from Mumbai – two each to Bucharest (Romania) and Suceava (Romania) via Istanbul.

03/03/22 Gaurav Joshi/Simple Flying

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