Air India to commence its largest repatriation operation starting today with a total of 64 flights to bring approximately 15,000 nationals stranded abroad amid lockdown
New Delhi: Bookings are now open as Air India is all set to start its largest repatriation operation starting May 7 to 13. With a total of 64 flights, it will fly to various international destinations to evacuate Indian citizens that have been stranded in other countries amid COVID-19 lockdown.
Bookings are also open for eligible foreign nationals with valid visa holders of the UK, the US and Singapore outbound flights which will be operated between May 7 and May 13 under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission. Air India will start the evacuation procedures from Delhi-Singapore flight at 11 pm on Thursday from IGI Airport. The flight will then return to Delhi at 7 am the next day, that is, Friday morning. There might be some delay in the flight time as the crew of the flight is awaiting a mandatory COVID-19 test result.
The 64 flights will operate in 12 continents to bring approximately 15,000 stranded Indians due to the COVID-19 lockdown as announced by the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Air India Express will operate Cochin- Abu Dhabi – Cochin and Kozhikode - Dubai – Kozhikode services. These will be the first of the 64 ferry services that will operate by the two airlines from May 7 to 13.
The charge for flights between India and Singapore is Rs 18,000 – 20,000 per passenger and Rs 50,000 per person for India-UK flights.
Here is the complete schedule of Air India: