COVID-19 lockdown: 220 Russian tourists stranded in Kerala to fly back home on Saturday
Thiruvananthapuram: 220 Russians who have been stranded at various tourist centres in the state amid coronavirus lockdown will fly back home on Saturday from Thiruvananthapuram international airport. Ural Airlines coming from Yekaterinburg in Russia will take them home.
The flight will start at 2 pm on Saturday after the tourists are screened for COVID-19 and documents examined. Three days back, 232 Germans had flied back home from here.
After the lockdown was imposed, India had banned all international flights from arriving in the country. However, Russian government requested permission to take back their citizens stranded here on their own flight. This proposal was approved by India.
Tourists who were staying at various parts of the state, is being brought to Thiruvananthapuram by police and tourism department as requested by Russian Consulate. 120 persons in Varkala, 60 in Kovalam, 40 each in Alappuzha and Mararikulam are being send back, said Russian Consulate Honorary Counsel Ratheesh C Nair.