13.74 lakh Indians have been repatriated so far: MEA
New Delhi/IBNS: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday informed that 13.74 lakh Indians have been repatriated so far through different modes of the Vande Bharat Mission viz. Air India, private and foreign carriers, chartered flights, naval ships and land border crossings.
"VBM Phase 6 became operational on Sept 1 and as informed last week, 1007 international flights have been scheduled to operate during this month and we expect to repatriate over 2 lakh people," MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said during a virtual media briefing.
Of these, 270 international flights have already been operated from GCC countries, Jordan, Afghanistan, Maldives, China, Thailand, US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Australia.
Bilateral travel arrangements form the bulk of this phase with travel 'bubble' flight operations from 11 countries.
"Ministry continues to monitor the demand for repatriation through our Missions/Posts and we are working with the airlines to ensure assistance," Srivastava added.