New Delhi/IBNS: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday informed that Phase 5 of the Vande Bharat Mission would begin from Aug 1.
The Ministry stated that under Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat Mission during the coronavirus pandemic, a total of 1,083 flights (849 international flights and 234 feeder flights) have been scheduled so far.
These flights are operated by the Air India Group, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir from 29 countries to 31 airports in India.
"As we begin dovetailing phase 4 into phase 5, around 8,78,921 Indian nationals have returned as on July 29. 10,74,52 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Pakistan and Bangladesh by land borders," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a media briefing.
"A total of 792 flights (692 international and 100 domestic feeders) have been scheduled to repatriate Indians from 23 countries viz. GCC countries, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Israel, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan," Srivastava said.
The flights would cater to 21 different airports across India and repatriate an estimated 1,30,000 Indians stranded abroad, he informed.