New Delhi: Amid the ongoing lockdown, Air India has opened bookings on select repatriation flights to be operated from India to six other countries including the USA, the UK, Australia, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore. Also Read - Akshay Kumar Shares ‘Rakh Tu Hausla’ Video to Salute Frontline COVID-19 Warriors, Rani Mukerji Lends Voice as Tribute
Under the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, only citizens of these nations will be allowed to fly on the outbound flights. However, in some of these flights, persons holding a valid visa of a certain duration of that country are also permitted. Also Read - 'All-Pet' Private Jet to Reunite Stranded Pets in Delhi With Their Parents in Mumbai For THIS Cost Per Passenger
At the time of boarding the flight, passengers will have to undergo thermal screening as per the protocol of the Central government. Only asymptomatic travellers would be allowed to board the flight. Also Read - Yoga Day to go Virtual This Year Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
“Reservations for travel from India to select destinations in the USA, UK, Australia & to Frankfurt, Paris & Singapore will commence from 1700 hrs on 14th May 20 on http://HYPERLINK “http://airindia.in”airindia.in,” the national carrier earlier said on Twitter.
On May 6, Air India had opened bookings for flyers wish to travel from India to London, Singapore & select destinations in the USA.
The Narendra Modi government on May 7 had started the Vande Bharat Mission to bring stranded Indians amid the coronavirus lockdown. It also permitted foreign nationals and valid visa holders to book seats on these outbound flights.
Under phase one of the mission, Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express are scheduled to operate 64 flights to bring 14,800 Indians home from 12 countries between May 7 and May 14.
On Wednesday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 30,000 Indians will return from 31 countries on 149 flights between May 16 and May 22, the duration for the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission.
“Phase II of Vande Bharat from 16-22 May will also include flights from Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, France, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand and Ukraine,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, several media reports claimed that the government could allow airline companies to resume operation of domestic flights by May 19 in green zone areas.