Chennai, May 15: A total 500 stranded passengers arrived from Manila and London in two repatriation flights operated by the National carrier Air India and the customs officials at the Anna International airport facilitated their smooth clearance. An official release said the flight from Manila landed at 2205 hrs yesterday with 167 passengers of which 110 were men.
The second flight from London, UK via Mumbai landed at 0755 hrs today morning carrying 333 passengers including 202 men 126 women and five infants. With this a total nine flights have reached Chennai as part of the Vande Bharat evacuation mission.
After the customs and immigration clearances as per protocol, Health officials collected the swab samples of all passengers to ascertain whether they were exposed to coronavirus. Later, they were taken to quarantine centre.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation, all international flights to and from India have been grounded since March 22 and the Indian Government's repatriation plan Vande Bharat Mission has started to bring the Indian nationals stranded abroad due to Covid-19 from May seven onwards. In the first phase 11 flights were scheduled to arrive in Tamil Nadu of which nine relief flights arrived so far. (UNI)