On Tuesday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated that India has arranged 58 additional flights to bring back stranded Indians from Gulf countries.
“58 more flights added to evacuate stranded & distressed Indian citizens from Gulf countries between now & 30th June 2020. Starting immediately, the number of flights from Gulf under phase-3 of Vande Bharat Mission now increased from originally planned 107 to 165,” Mr Puri tweeted.
India has successfully evacuated nearly 70,000 people under the Vande Bharat Mission as of now. The mission was launched to evacuate countrymen from abroad. On June 11, the third phase of the exercise will begin and it will continue till June 30.
As per sources, the schedule has 356 flights which include the return services and domestic connections. The second phase had about 180 flights and the first, which ran between May 7 and 15, had 64 flights. During the first phase of Vande Bharat Mission 15,000 Indians returned to India while the second phase carried nearly 30,000 citizens till May 29.