National carrier Air India’s first stand alone evacuation flight under the Vande Bharat Mission landed at the national capital’s IGI Airport from Singapore on Fridayhere.

The flight landed at around 11.50 a.m. with 234 passengers, who were stranded in the foreign land due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown.

This was Air India’s first stand alone evacuation flight, which was operated under the Vande Bharat Mission. The flight had taken off from the IGI Airport at around 11.20 a.m. on Thursday night

Besides Air India, the national carrier’s subsidiary Air India Express has also operated flights under the evacuation programme undertaken by the government.

A special relief flight of Air India airlifted 99 US citizens stuck, in Hyderabad on Apr 7, 2020. The flight, which took off from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), carried the US citizens to Mumbai, from where they will be further connected with Delta Airlines from Mumbai to their final destination in the US. In coordination with the US Consulate and the Telangana State government, a group of 98 adults and one infant US-bound passengers arrived at the airport from various parts of Hyderabad. All these passengers were serviced through the fully-sanitized main passenger terminal building, which has been kept ready for evacuation operations. Special screening and safety measures were in place during the flight's handling to protect against the COVID-19 threat including thermal screening prior to terminal entry, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements at all passenger processing points.The airport, shut for regular commercial operations from March 22, has so far handled three evacuation flights. (Photo: IANS) by .
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