Vande Bharat Flight With 195 Indians Departs From Washington DC

Cheryl Sanders
July 1, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak has left millions of people stranded worldwide and away from their home countries.

These flights will operate between July 3 and July 15.

A batch of 169 Indians left the Hazrat Shahjalal airport at Dhaka for Delhi around noon time on Saturday under the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate stranded people from overseas.

Between May 7 and June 1, Air India group has operated a total of 423 inbound worldwide flights under the mission, bringing 58,867 Indian citizens back to the country.

Last week, UAE residents who were stranded in India were told to expect flights to the emirates in the coming weeks. According to the document, 38 flights will operate on the Indo-UK route and 32 flights on the Indo-US route.

As many as 2,50,087 Indian nationals stranded overseas have been repatriated since the beginning of Vande Bharat Mission last month, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said last week.

Furthermore, the DOT stated that USA airlines were denied permission to operate these repatriation charters, referencing a Delta Air Lines letter sent to the Indian government dated May 26, 2020. Scheduled global passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Several European countries have also lodged similar complaints. The Indian government has forced flights operated by Air France and British Airways to fly to India empty to pick up passengers while Air India has taken passengers in both directions.

Vande Bharat Mission, which started from May 7, is in its third phase.

The High Commission of India has also facilitated a few other chartered flights to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in Bangladesh in the wake of Corona pandemic and subsequent disruption of worldwide travel.

So far more than 700 of these flights have reached India, repatriating around 150000 Indians. Worldwide flight companies had been suspended on 23 March because of Corona virus epidemic in India.

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