The world’s largest repatriation exercise, the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), will go into its fourth phase starting July 3. This time around, the Air India group will be operating over 400 flights up to July-end and will bring home the many stranded Indians stuck in various parts of the world.
Private Airlines Agree To Join Hands For VBM
Fortunately, in this phase, several private airlines have also volunteered to help. With 498 flights to be operated by them, the numbers of these evacuation flights could see a rise. As per the Times Of India, IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar and 219 flights from Kuwait. GoAir will also operate 41 flights from Kuwait.
Similarly, Air India Express will also operate 300 flights in July. These include 136 flights up to 14 July and 164 flights between 15 July and 31 July.
The VBM, launched on May 6, has brought more than 1,47,000 stranded Indians back home. Moreover, it has also helped more than 52,000 to fly out of the country, thus making it one of the largest and immensely successful evacuation missions undertaken in recent times.
VBM enters Phase 4 on 3rd July 2020. In this phase, @AirIndiain will operate 114 flights (between 3-15 July) including 31 flights to US, 19 to UK, 9 to Canada & 8 to Australia.
AI Express will operate 300 flights in July (136 upto 14 July & 164 between 15 July & 31July).
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) June 28, 2020
SOP For Those Indians Wishing To Return Back
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an SOP for those Indian nationals desirous to return to their home country. The individual would first have to register his/herself with the Indian missions in the country he/she is stranded in, along with necessary details as prescribed by the Ministry of External Affairs.
The cost of travel, as specified by the carrier, will have to be borne by the traveller. Similarly, all travellers will have to give an undertaking stating that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days after they return. This includes a 7-day paid institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed by 7 days of home isolation with self-monitoring of health. To know more, read This Is The Actual Quarantine Period For International Travelers In India.
Complete List Of Air India Evacuation Flight Schedule
Currently, Air India has released a list of 114 repatriation flights that it will operate to and from 17 countries, including 31 flights to the US, 19 to the UK, 9 to Canada and 8 to Australia. The other countries include Kenya, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, Myanmar, Japan, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
Flights will leave from 3 major airports: Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Have a look at the destinations to which these flights will take off to:
1. From July 3rd to July 15th, about about 81 flights will take off from Delhi airport to the following cities: Toronto, Washington, New York, Manila, Bishkek, Dhaka, Moscow, Sydney, San Francisco, Colombo, Yangon, Melbourne, London Jeddah, Narita, Toronto, Chicago, Nairobi, Kiev, Bangkok, Vancouver, and Ho Chi Minh.
2. Similarly, during the same period, i.e. July 3rd to July 15th, about 32 flights will fly from Mumbai to the following destinations: Newark, Nairobi, Dammam, Riyadh, Johannesburg, London, Jeddah and Bishkek.
3. And lastly, just 1 flight from Chennai will leave on the 3rd of July to the city of Colombo.
To take a full look at the flight schedule, you can visit the Air India website or click here.
#VandeBharatMission Phase III@airindiain ✈️ with 195 pax left Washington, DC for Delhi.@IndianEmbassyUS wishes them all, safe journey back home.@DrSJaishankar
— India in USA (@IndianEmbassyUS) June 29, 2020
While the VBM continues its humanitarian mission, commercial international flights from India continue to be remain suspended till July 15. The Aviation Ministry is also considering establishing “individual travel bubbles” with the US, the UK, Germany and France, a move that will allow airlines of each country to operate international passenger flights bilaterally.