Nearly 7.88 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the Centre launched the “Vande Bharat” evacuation mission on May 7 keeping in mind the Coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
1,197 flights have been scheduled till date, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. “These flights cover 29 countries. They will be reaching 34 airports in India,” he said. He also informed that out of these fights, 694 have already reached India as on July 22, helping nearly one lakh people, he said.
“As on 22nd July, 7,88,217 Indian nationals have returned. 1,03,976 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh by land borders,” he said.
Acknowledging that the Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced the smooth surfacing of ties and talks with some countries, the MEA spokesperson said that between July 22 and August 31, Air India will be operating 30 flights a week to the US (New York, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey and San Francisco), four flights a week to Germany (Frankfurt) and three flights a week to France (Paris).