New Delhi: Hours after more than 230 Indian nationals were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran, Managing Director of Iran’s Mahan Air on Sunday night wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and offered to safely repatriate rest of the Indian nationals stranded in Iran back to India without charging any commercial interest. The airlines also stated that it will do this as a humanitarian initiative for the Indian brethren. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Death Toll in Iran Rises to 724, Nearly 14,000 Affected
“I, on behalf of Mahan Air, offer to safely repatriate all Indian nationals stranded in Iran back to their country without any commercial interest as a humanitarian initiative for our Indian brethren,” Mahan Air’s Managing Director wrote to PM Modi. Also Read - Coronavirus: India Brings Back 236 Nationals Stranded in Iran, 218 From Italy
In the letter, he also further stated that the airline will deploy appropriate aircraft to ferry the stranded Indians and will land at the suitable designated international airport in India.
“We’ll deploy appropriate aircraft to ferry stranded Indians and land at the suitable designated international airport in India. This shall be possible only if the government of India grants permissions and facilitates to ease the burden on the government of India and strengthen evacuations operations,” he said.
Earlier also the Mahan Air had said that it will bring back Indian passengers from Iran on Saturday night in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
“A Mahan Air flight will be bringing back Indian passengers from Iran. The flight will land in Mumbai at midnight today. Another special flight of Air India will be flying today to bring back Indian students from Italy,” Sanjeeva Kumar, Special Secretary, Ministry of Health had told media.
The development comes after two Air India flights carrying more than 230 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran landed in Jaisalmer on Sunday morning and the passengers have been quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer.