15,000 Indians to be brought home in a week: Puri

15,000 Indians to be brought home in a week: Puri

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New Delhi, May 5: To evacuate Indians stranded abroad, 64 special flights will be operated in the first phase to bring back 15,000 people from 12 countries, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday.

Addressing a webinar, he said as many as 64 flights of the state-run Air India and Air India Express will be operated from May 7 to May 13. Ten flights from Saudi Arabia, seven each from the US, the UK and Malaysia, five each from Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Philippines and Kuwait and two each from Qatar, Bahrain and Oman will bring Indian citizens to different states of the country. Maximum 15 flights will come to Kerala, bringing people from seven countries. Tamil Nadu and Delhi-NCR will have 11 flights each carrying people.

Passengers will be brought from nine countries in both the states. Mr Puri said the cost of these flights and the 14-day quarantine after returning home will have to be borne by the passengers themselves. All the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health will be followed during the entire journey and also inside the aircraft during the flight while bringing passengers. More (UNI)