New Delhi, May 6 : As many as 2,300 passengers will return to the country in ten flights on the first day of the mission starting from Thursday to bring back the Indians stranded abroad. According to information received from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, on May 7, the state-run Air India will operate seven and its subsidiary Air India Express, three flights. It is planned to bring about 2,300 people who are stuck in foreign countries.
Before boarding, every passenger will be screened and those having symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed to board the aircraft despite having tickets. A flight from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will depart for Kochi and a flight from Dubai to Kozhikode. Both will carry 200 passengers each and will be operated by Air India Express. The third flight of Air India Express will be from Doha in Qatar to Kochi with 200 people being brought home.
Air India will operate single aircraft each - from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to Kozhikode (200 passengers), from London to Mumbai (250 passengers), Singapore to Mumbai (250 passengers), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to Delhi (250 passengers), San Francisco in the US to Mumbai via Hyderabad (300 passengers), from Manila in the Philippines to Ahmedabad (250 passengers) and from Dhaka in Bangladesh to Srinagar (200 passengers). After the government's decision to bring Indians from abroad, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday that there are plans to bring 14,800 Indians from 12 countries to India in 64 special flights between May 7 and 13 in the first week. These passengers will have to bear the rental cost themselves. The fare has been decided by the Ministry.
The fare from the US to India has been kept at Rs 1 lakh and from Britain Rs 50,000. “I want to reiterate that this is a limited operation which does not signal resumption of domestic & international civil aviation services. We will consider reopening the Indian skies only after the current lockdown. This will depend on the evolving situation on the ground,” Puri has said. The Ministry has appointed Air India as the designated agency for receiving applications, issuing tickets and handling flight related activities in line with the said MHA SOP. (UNI)