COVID-19: Air India schedules 7 commercial flights to repatriate nationals from the US


PTI, May 10, 2020, 2:13 PM IST

New York: Some of the Indian nationals stranded in the US due to COVID-19 related international travel restrictions will fly back home on Sunday on a non-scheduled commercial flight from New Jersey to Mumbai and Ahmedabad, even as authorities said another five flights have been arranged to repatriate others still stuck in the country.

Beginning May 9, Air India has scheduled seven non-scheduled commercial flights from the US to India facilitating the return of Indian nationals, who could not travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Indian Embassy in Washington had said in its advisory on Wednesday night.

The first flight took off from San Francisco on Saturday to Mumbai and Hyderabad. The Air India flight from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey will fly on Sunday, taking back Indian nationals to Mumbai and Ahmedabad under India’s biggest ever repatriation exercise named ‘Vande Bharat Mission’.

Another flight from Newark will fly on May 14 to Delhi and Hyderabad. All passengers will be required to undergo medical screening before boarding the flight and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to travel.

All passengers on arrival in India will be medically screened and would have to download and register the Aarogya Setu app.

Further, all passengers will need to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival in India in institutional facilities on payment basis as per the protocols framed by Government of India.

Highly placed sources in the Indian Consulate in New York said that it “has been a relentless and non-stop work” to coordinate the repatriation exercise and authorities “are going out of their way to make sure not even one seat on the flight goes vacant” since a large number of Indians are stranded in the US due to various reasons and they are “desperate” to go home.

Priority is being given to stranded passengers, terminally-ill patients, passengers with medical concerns and students.

The sources said that while flights from New Jersey were only supposed to take passengers from states that fall under the jurisdiction of the Consulate in New York, special arrangements have been made to ferry four terminally-ill patients from Houston.

Apart from the two flights from New Jersey, two flights have been scheduled from Chicago on May 11 (to Mumbai and Chennai) and May 15 (Delhi and Hyderabad).

The solo flight from Washington DC on May 12 will fly to Delhi and Hyderabad.

Sources said that some people who had initially registered to return to India on the flights later balked and changed their plans as they did not want to undergo the two-week mandatory quarantine on arrival in India.

Sources said the repatriation exercise could be expanded to countries where there is high demand.

Under the ‘Vande Bharat’ Mission, India has already repatriated its citizens from the Gulf and the UK. Nearly 15,000 Indians are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries in the coming days.

The sources said efforts were being made to reach out to the Indians stranded in the US.

The Indian Consulate here has been assisting several students by helping them with accommodation and essential services after their university and college dormitories closed down.

Indian Consulate sources said they were facing a number of challenges in the repatriation exercise.

People share credit card details with pizza companies but now they are reluctant to share details when the Consulate and Air India authorities are working round-the-clock to help them, the sources added.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Inspired by ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, 3 men steal over 40 luxury cars in Delhi, arrested

Aryan Khan drug case: Centre orders action against Ex-NCB officer Sameer Wankhede for shoddy work

K’taka attracted an investment commitment of Rs 65,000 crore at the WEF meet: Bommai

Bantwal: Gana Homa at school sparks controversy; Prez resigns

Looking at ‘pros and cons’ of introduction of digital currency: RBI

World sees India as safe place for defence manufacturing: Piyush Goyal

Seven soldiers killed as vehicles falls into gorge in Ladakh


Related Articles More

We both decided to work together for betterment of people: Kejriwal after meeting Delhi L-G

Fake call centre busted in Navi Mumbai; three held

Inspired by ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, 3 men steal over 40 luxury cars in Delhi, arrested

Aryan Khan drug case: Centre orders action against Ex-NCB officer Sameer Wankhede for shoddy work

Nehru institution-builder, BJP weakening democracy by bulldozing institutions: Rahul

MUST WATCH

NEWS BULLETIN 26-05-2022

Dr. Surendra Kumar Jain atatement about malali masjid

Anjaneeya swamy Temple Mysore

Manipal Road Mishap Student end his Life

NEWS BULLETIN 25-05-2022


Latest Additions

We both decided to work together for betterment of people: Kejriwal after meeting Delhi L-G

Kalaburagi Dalit youth’s murder: Strict legal action against the culprits, says Nirani

7 candidates elected ‘unopposed’ to Karnataka Legislative Council, BJP gains majority in House

Fake call centre busted in Navi Mumbai; three held

Inspired by ‘Fast and Furious’ movie, 3 men steal over 40 luxury cars in Delhi, arrested

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.