The national carrier Air India, along with its subsidiary Air India Express is all set to fly out about 64 of its flights to 12 countries, to not just bring back Indians stranded there but also has opened bookings to fly people out of India to a list of countries.
Air India Repatriation Exercise
Air India on Wednesday opened bookings for those passengers who meet eligibility criteria and wish to travel from India to London, Singapore and select destinations in the United States on flights operating between May 8 to May 14, according to the Director General of Civil Aviation Arun Kumar.
An airline source said four flights will be operated on May 7: New Delhi to San Francisco, Kochi to Abu Dhabi, Delhi to Singapore and Calicut to Dubai.
Air India plans to bring back a total of 14,800 Indians from 12 countries on 64 flights, in a span of a week.
The release of the plan led to a mad rush to register on the Civil Aviation ministry website, resulting in it crashing for a good part of the day on Wednesday.
Also, the airline can take bookings only for those countries that are allowing people to come in. For instance gulf countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Bangladesh are not letting non-citizens enter their boundaries.
‘Vande Bharat’ Mission
All those who wish to travel from India to London, Singapore and select destinations in the USA on Air India flights in operation from May 8-14, must click on the link: http://www.airindia.in/r1landingpage.html for booking.
Along with this, the passengers are also requested by the airline, to read the eligibility criteria available on the link and only if they satisfy these, can they further proceed for booking.
The flights scheduled for Thursday under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission will ply from Kochi to Abu Dhabi, Delhi to Singapore and Calicut to Dubai.
Air India Delays the Process to Ensure Safety
With lakhs of Indians stranded abroad, desperate to get back to their homes, volumes of people are hitting on getting to know more about these special flights.
Earlier, Air India was starting the flight now scheduled on Thursday, for Wednesday. However, the site crashed for some hours on Wednesday and Air India had to schedule the same for Thursday.
Air India has had to push back the departure of its flights supposed to leave on Wednesday and there is a good reason for that to have happened.
According to the Aviation Ministry protocol, only those crew and staff who are tested to ve Covid-19 negative, will be allowed to operate these flights.
Earlier on Wednesday, Air India’s repatriation flights could not be operated as the crew members’ Covid-19 tests were not done on time
About the delay in starting
operations, an AI official clarified that the crew is corona free but they are
now required to carry a test report certifying the same.