Hyderabad: After being closed for fifty days due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad will receive its first International flight on Saturday night. The flight, which is a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, will bring 163 passengers from Kuwait and is expected to touch down at around 9.15 pm on May 9, according to sources.

According to officials at the RGI airport, all passengers will have to undergo mandatory quarantine at a government facility for at least 13 days and costs should be borne by the passengers themselves. Further, they also have to mandatorily install the Aarogya Setu mobile app on their mobiles, so that their movement can be tracked by the officials.

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.

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