Hyderabad: The first international passenger flight during the lockdown landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at 10.07 pm on Saturday. The Special Air Indian flight which was a part of the Vande Bharat Mission from Kuwait, landed with 163 passengers on board. All these passengers are migrant workers from different parts of Telangana and had registered themselves for travel to India due to the lockdown.
Dr. Anuradha Medoju, Airport Health Officer told media persons that these passengers will be first screened at the airport and after required health protocols are followed, they will be sent to quarantine centers which are set up resorts located at different locations on the outskirts of the Hyderabad, where they will have to be under quarantine till 13 days period from the day of arrival. She also informed that all arrangements for the safe stay of these persons have already been made.
In one of the largest evacuation exercises named “Vande Bharat Mission“, the government has announced to operate 64 flights between May 7 to 13 to bring home nearly 14,800 Indian nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Out of 64 flights, Telangana will receive seven flights, two each from the USA and one each from Kuwait, UK, UAE, Philippines and Malaysia.
The External Affairs Ministry in a statement had earlier announced that around 15 flights will arrive in Kerala, eleven each to Delhi-NCR and Tamil Nadu, seven for Maharashtra and Telangana, five for Gujarat, three each for Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka and one each for Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.