The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad, is all geared up to receive the third International passenger flight on Monday even as the Covid-19 lockdown is underway.
The Air India flight AI 1921 from Abu Dhabi, nearly 150 passengers on board, will arrive at the airport on Monday night. This will be the third of the seven flights that will fly passengers from different countries to Hyderabad, as part of the Vande Bharat Mission.
Two days ago, a flight from Kuwait, with 163 passengers on board, landed at the airport, most of whom were migrant workers. There were also two infants in the flight.
On Tuesday morning, a special flight from the USA landed at Hyderabad. Flight AI 1617 with 118 passengers flew via Mumbai.
In one of the largest evacuation exercises named “Vande Bharat Mission“, the government has announced to operate 64 flights, between May 7 and 13, to bring home nearly 14,800 Indian nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Out of the 64 flights, Telangana will receive seven flights, two each from the USA and one each from Kuwait, UK, UAE, Philippines and Malaysia. The Ministry of External Affairs, in a statement, had earlier announced that around 15 flights will arrive in Kerala, 11 each in Delhi-NCR and Tamil Nadu, seven in Maharashtra and Telangana, five in Gujarat, three each in Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka and one each in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.