New Delhi: National passenger carrier Air India will operate special domestic flights for only those passengers who have been repatriated under the "Vande Bharat" mission. As part of this, there will be 12 services from Kochi.
Accordingly, the airline will run these special ferry flights during the second phase of the repatriation mission.
Apart from Kochi, there will be services from Delhi (173 services), Mumbai (40), Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru among other cities. The airline has been engaged in bring back thousands of Indian citizens from abroad on account of the global outbreak of COVID-19.
There will be flight services to Kochi from Mumbai and Delhi. And the services from Kochi will be to Chennai and Delhi.
However, many passengers brought to large hub airports would require further transport to reach their home states.
Consequently, the airline will operate these special flight for those passengers. On Wednesday, the airline brought back 2,669 passengers from abroad on 13 flights. These flights are part of the massive repatriation mission amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Indian government has been making efforts to bring back Indians stranded abroad and under the massive 'Vande Bharat Mission', national carrier Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have been undertaking evacuation flights starting May 7.
The Air India Group would operate a total of 64 flights and bring back over 14,000 stranded Indians from 12 countries under the mission.
(With IANS inputs)