Governments across the globe have operated special charters to bring their distressed citizens back home since a considerable portion of global commercial air travel had come to a screeching halt.
The Indian government's mission to repatriate citizens who have lost jobs overseas began in May. During this period, Air India will operate 31 flights to the U.S., 19 to the United Kingdom, nine to Canada and eight to Australia.
A batch of 169 Indians left the Hazrat Shahjalal airport at Dhaka for Delhi around noon time on Saturday under the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate stranded people from overseas.
Air India flew to some locations in Europe and the USA with near regular frequency ferrying passengers back and forth. The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) took notice of this and released a statement that the Indian government was not operating in accordance with air service agreements between India and the United States.
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These 170 chartered flights under the fourth phase are scheduled to be operated between July 3 and 15, it stated. Since then 4 flights each have left for Srinagar and Delhi, 3 for Kolkata, and one each for Chennai, Mumbai and Ahmedabad from Dhaka carrying Indian nationals stranded in Bangladesh due to the Corona pandemic. A formal objection was lodged by the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in late May. No flights from Saudi Arabia figures in this schedule.
Vande Bharat Mission, which started from May 7, is in its third phase.
The Indian embassy Saturday said it has facilitated 126 repatriation flights from Qatar to various destinations in India till date, helping repatriate 21,200 Indians.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had earlier announced that he expects 40 to 50 flights, including chartered flights, to land in Kerala daily from Friday onwards. Global flight companies had been suspended on 23 March because of Corona virus epidemic in India.
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