Vande Bharat Mission to see extra flights connecting un-served locations: Hardeep Puri

Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 17

Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday introduced that the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) – 5 would dovetail to its sixth model from September 1, which is able to proceed until October 24. This will see operations of extra flights connecting a number of of the un-served locations.

The mission is presently in its fifth part which is able to proceed till August 31.

The Aviation Minister mentioned that Phase 6 of the repatriation train would start thereafter.

“More flights and destinations being added to VBM to further widen the geographic reach of the mission in its current phase and in Phase – 6 from September 1 to October 24, 2020. Our endeavour is to reach out to every stranded and distressed Indian citizen around the world,” he mentioned.

As per the plan, Air India will function over 145 flights between India and the USA in the course of the VBM – 6 interval and locations will probably be added to additional widen the geographic attain.

While India has not resumed the worldwide industrial operation of flights resulting from rising circumstances of Covid-19 and different restrictions, it has initiated bilateral preparations by way of journey bubbles with many nations, together with the USA, France, and Germany.

According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, 3,644 repatriation flights had been operated by the Air India group beneath the Vande Bharat Mission until August 15, carrying over 4.82 lakh passengers. Of these, 1,825 had been inbound flights carrying 3,36,436 passengers and 1,819 outbound flights with 1,46,052 fliers.

Meanwhile, officers mentioned that India had established air bubbles with the US, Canada, Qatar, Oman, the UAE, Singapore, the UK, Frankfurt, Paris, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Philippines and extra nations can be added to the checklist.

Just a few extra airways have joined the US-India air journey bubble hall together with nationwide provider Air India and United Airlines flights. 

Emirates Airlines and Lufthansa flights have already began its operation beneath the VBM Phase – 6, giving vacationers extra choices between India and the USA.

Sources mentioned that Virgin Atlantic may even start operation in September.

British provider Virgin Atlantic is planning to launch three flights every week from Delhi to London from September 2, whereas Mumbai companies will begin from September 17 with 4 flights per week.

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