By Nikhil Pereira
Air India flights are scheduled to take off from Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and other Gulf states from August 1 to 29
Several repatriation flights and routes to India have been scheduled from August 1 to August 29, significantly increasing the number of flights taking off from the Gulf to India.
Phase V of the Indian repatriation flight programme ‘Vande Bharat’ was initially supposed to commence from August 1 for a five-day window.
Overwhelming demand from Indian expatriates in the Gulf, however, has forced Indian authorities to extend Phase V.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation in India released a partial list of flights by India’s government-owned low cost carrier, Air India Express.
From 1st to August 15th four daily flights will operate out of Dubai and another 37 flights in total out of Dubai from 6th to 15th August.
Meanwhile, the country’s national carrier Air India will ferry Indians on 22 flights from Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
In addition, Air India Express flights will fly 79 flights from Abu Dhabi and Sharjah during the 15 days of the programme.
An additional 23 flights will help repatriate Indian citizens from Bahrain, Doha and Muscat airports next month.
To date, Air India and its low cost subsidiary have brought back 259,764 Indians on 1,391 inbound flights in the first four phases of Vande Bharat mission so far. Its Phase IV will be completed at the end of this month.
Tickets can be booked on Air India and Air India Express’ website once citizens complete a registration form on the Vande Bharat Mission website.