Jeddah: The Government of India has announced 764 special repatriation flights to India as part of the Vande Bharat Mission Phase 4 that lasts till July 31.
‘Phase 4 is being focused on repatriation of Gulf-based Indians. Flights are scheduled to ferry passengers to Telangana and nine other states. A majority of flights are scheduled to depart for Kerala and United Arab Emirates is the largest country in the gulf region that operates 104 flights, among them 8 flights scheduled for Hyderabad from Dubai, Sharjah and Hyderabad.
Saudi Arabia is set to operate 36 flights to various Indian cities including two to Hyderabad – from Jeddah on July 31and from Dammam on July 30, ccording to a press release by Indian embassy.
“We are working to press wider body aircrafts to Saudi Arabia in order to accomodate more passengers’ , said Indian Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed. Based on demand, destinations were selected, he added. The Ambassador said that more flights will be added in the coming weeks.
A total of 37 flights being operated from Qatar to India, among 6 flights scheduled to Hyderabad till July 24. It is noteworthy to mention that three leading Telangana community organisations in the tiny gulf nation arranged two special charter flights earlier. From Kuwait, 52 flights scheduled ar to fly to India, including two to Hyderabad.
In Oman, three flights will fly to Hyderabad. Earlier, two charted flights ferried stranded passengers back to Hyderabad. 12 flights operated from Bahrain to various Indian cities including a flight to Hyderabad.
The Indian government had launched Vande Bharat Mission, considered to be the world’s largest expatriation exercise to bring back stranded Indians from foreign destinations. The fourth phase of the mission is currently in progress.
“As on 8th July 2020, against a total number of 6,61,352 persons who registered their request with our Missions abroad for repatriation to India, over 5,80,000 have returned under this mission,” Anurag Srivastava, the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs was quoted as saying by a media report.
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