Vande Bharat Mission: Repatriation Flight Schedule Details
Indian government started the Vande Bharat Mission, one of the largest initiatives to repatriate nationals back to India on May 7 under which the Ministry of Civil Aviation is coordinating with the Ministry of External Affairs and state governments for bringing Indians back to their homeland.
Indian missions around the world have been registering citizens stranded when Covid-19-related travel restrictions were put in place by India and other countries, and those who want to return because they have lost their jobs or to meet their families.
India has been under lockdown since March 25 to break the coronavirus chain of transmission. During this time all international (and domestic) flights have been banned, leaving tens of thousands of Indians stranded abroad and thousands of foreign nationals stuck in India.
In line with the directives of the Supreme Court of India and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the airlines would provide face shields to all passengers on repatriation flights while those occupying the middle seats would be given protective wrap-around gowns, officials confirmed.
“We have already started distributing them to passengers,” P.G. Prageesh, chief of Corporate Communications, AIE, said over phone from India. He said the additional protective gear is being offered as the airlines are not leaving the middle seats empty due to the passenger load.
Coronavirus India Update: India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, with 9,971 new infections taking the country’s tally to 2,46,628, while the death toll rose to 6,929, according to the Union Health Ministry.
India has surpassed both Italy and Spain within a short span of 24 hours and lies just below the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK on the list.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,20,406, according to the Health Ministry. A total of 1,19,292 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the Ministry said. During the last 24 hours, a total of 5,220 COVID-19 patients have been cured, the ministry said.