1.8 lakh people to fly back to India in the phase 4 of Vande Bharat Mission
New Delhi/IBNS: Nearly 1.8 lakh people are expected to return to India in the pahse 4 of Vande Bharat Mission, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Thursday.
A total of 1197 flights have been scheduled under the current phase, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights.
As of today, nearly 1 lakh people have been repatriated to India in 694 flights under the current phase and around 80,000 more people are likely to return in the remaining period expected to continue till August 2 next.
These flights are operated by the Air India Group, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir from 29 countries to 34 airports in India, the ministry added.
Last week, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the establishment of bilateral bubbles with some countries.
Between July 22 and August 31, Air India will be operating 30 flights a week to New York, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey and San Francisco in the United States, four flights a week to Germany's Frankfurt and three flights a week to the capital city of France, Paris, the ministry said.
As of July 22, a total of 7,88,217 Indian nationals have returned, the government added.
A total of 103976 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh by land borders.
The ministry of Civil Aviation said it is in constant touch with Indian missions across the world on specific demands for repatriation from students completing their courses abroad, workers and other stranded Indians with compelling reasons.