Seven flights from Muscat, Doha, Riyadh, Bahrain and Dubai from the Gulf under the Vande Bharat Mission took off with nearly 1200 distressed and stranded Indians back to the country today.
From Dubai , there were three flights. Dubai Srinagar flight had 151 passengers and four infants. This was the first flight for Srinagar from any of the Gulf countries.
Consul General Vipul called this a historic flight as this is the first time that a direct flight was operated from Dubai to Srinagar to repatriate stranded and distressed passengers. There are no direct flights for Srinagar from Dubai otherwise.
Two other flights from Dubai were scheduled for Hyderabad and Kochi . While Hyderabad had 177 passengers on board, the Kochi flight had 180 passengers.
Doha – Bengaluru flight took off with 177 passengers and five infants on board. This was the 8th flight from Doha under the Vande Bharat Mission. Till now 1374 passengers and 45 infants have been repatriated so far.
Riyadh Hyderabad flight via Vijayawada had 150 passengers including three infants. Bahrain- Thiruvananthapuram flight took off with 177 passengers including 32 pregnant women , 34 medical emergency cases , 16 senior citizens , 37 children and five infants. Muscat Kannur flight had 177 passengers and four infants.
Priority on all the flights have been given to distressed blue collared workers , medical emergency cases, pregnant women, stranded tourists and elderly people.