India has started its biggest ever off-shore evacuation of Indian citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission. As a part of the mission, an Air India flight brought back 331 Indians on Tuesday stranded in the UK. A Boeing 773 aircraft landed at the international airport in Hyderabad at 02:21 AM, said airport officials.
Later, the same aircraft departed with 87 passengers to the US via Delhi. Before the arrival of the passengers, the main passenger terminal was fully sanitized for the international arrivals. Right from aerobridge to arrivals ramp the full area was sanitized and fumigated by the airport authorities. They were brought from the aircraft in a batch of 20-25 people each.
Before Immigration formalities, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare directed each passenger or crew member to undergo thermal cameras positioned at the aerobridge exit. Following the health screening, CISF personnel in their protective gears escorted the group of passengers to immigratin clearance, it said.
Four evacuation flights from various countries landed at the GMR Hyderabad international airport. More than 750 Indian citizens stranded off-shore including the US, UK, UAE and Kuwait returned to India. The Telangana government took all the arrived passengers for quarantine at designated places just after arriving in Hyderabad.