NEW DELHI: New Delhi: The world’s largest repatriation exercise, Vande Bharat Mission (VBM), will start its fourth phase on July 3 that will see
group operating over 400 flights up to July-end. According to
the aviation ministry
, private airlines have volunteered to operate about 500 flights under this phase.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) had last week extended suspension of scheduled international flights till 11.59 pm of July 15 while stating such services “may be allowed on selected routes on a case to case basis.”
The aviation ministry on Sunday Tweeted: “VBM enters phase 4 on July 3 2020. In this phase, Air India will operate 114 flights (between July 3-15) including 31 flights to US; 19 to UK; 9 to Canada and 8 to Australia.
will operate 300 flights in July (136 upto July 14 and 164 from July 15-31.”
“Private airlines have volunteered for significant participation in this phase with 498 flights to be operated by them.…. Among others, IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar and 219 flights from Kuwait; while GoAir will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. Number of private carriers, flights and destinations likely to increase.”
On Sunday morning, aviation minister H S Puri Tweeted: “More than 147,000 Indians have returned on Vande Bharat flights and more than 52,000 have flown out to different countries so far…. VBM is one of the largest and immensely successful evacuation missions undertaken in recent times.” VBM was launched on May 6.
The Consulate General of India in Dubai said on SM that “for repatriation flights under VBM, people may now purchase tickets directly from Air India at
. Consulate will continue to help the most pressing cases. Chartered flights for repatriation also continue.”