Mangaluru, May 13 : A total of 177 passengers, including 38 pregnant women and 25 medical emergencies, arrived at the Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Tuesday night by a special flight flown from Dubai as part of the 'Vande Bharat Mission' to bring back stranded Indians abroad. The Air India Express IX 384 Boeing 737- 8HG landed at the Bajpe airport.
The returnees were taken in the state-run buses in batches for 14-day institutional quarantine in hostels and other places in the coastal city. Passengers were told to download the mandatory Quarantine app, the Aroygya Sethu app and Apthamitra app before leaving the airport for contact tracing later. Probationary IAS officer Rahul Shinde, District Health Officer Dr Ramachandra Bairi, Airport Director V V Rao and other health officials were present.
The Dubai repatriation flight was the second to land in the southern state over an hour after another A-I Express aircraft landed at Bengaluru airport at 2056 hrs, with 177 returnees, including 42 belonging to Karnataka and 133 to Kochi in the neighbouring coastal state of Kerala.
As part of the government’’s evacuation programme "Vande Bharat Mission’’, three more repatriation A-I flights are due to land in Bengaluru from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, San Francisco in the US and Singapore on May 13-15 with over 700 state citizens. "Another A-I Express flight is due to land in Mangaluru from Doha in Qatar in a day or two with about 180 foreign returnees," sources at the Airport said. (UNI)