Hyderabad : Since the COVID-19 lockdown announced on March 24, over 850 foreign nationals have been airlifted to their respective home countries from the Hyderabad airport, officials said. These include foreign nationals from countries such as the United States of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Germany.

According to data, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport has handled 11 flights exclusively for evacuation of these foreign nationals. Out of these, the most number of foreign nationals who were evacuated were from the US, with 633 foreign citizens being repatriated. While 135 foreign citizens from the UK were evacuated, 72 people from UAE  and  38 German nationals, have also been evacuated via the Hyderabad airport. With this, a total of 878 foreign citizens being airlifted from Hyderabad.

# Date Airport Flight No. National Destination/Onward journey No. of Pax
1 31st March 2020 RGIA AI 3005 German Mumbai – Frankfurt 38
2 7th April 2020 RGIA AI 1618 US Mumbai – US 99
3 10th April 2020 RGIA AI 1616 US Mumbai – US 70
4 10th April 2020 RGIA AI 1618 US Mumbai – US 98
5 12th April 2020 RGIA AI 1616 US Mumbai – US 82
6 12th April 2020 RGIA AI 1618 US Mumbai – US 83
7 17th April 2020 RGIA BA9117 UK Ahmedabad – Bahrain 135
8 22nd April 2020 RGIA AI 1840 US Delhi – US 100
9 22nd April 2020 RGIA G9-426 UAE Sharjah 72
10 30th April 2020 RGIA AI 1616 US Mumbai – US 101
Total No. of Pax airlifted 878

 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had announced a complete ban on international and domestic commercial passenger flights on March 26. This ban, was later extended till May 4, in view of the nation-wide lockdown being extended, due to the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

99 US nationals airlifted from Hyderabad airport

 

Special arrangements in airport amid COVID-19 lockdown

Special screening and safety measures are put  in place at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.  As part of Covid 19 precautionary steps, thermal screening, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements  is  being done at all passenger processing points.

‘GHIAL has made changes to the queuing arrangements at the kerb side (city side), check-in halls, security check areas and boarding gates, with social distancing markers/reminders.  Passengers would be advised to wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times in all areas of the airport. Noticeable signs have been placed at various stand points and staggered seating arrangement with different markers have been positioned on alternate chairs to maintain gap’ said an official.

Airport Social Distancing (1)

 

Airport officials- a team of 100 employee- have also undertaken deep sanitization and fumigation of the entire airport building, which spreads out across 7 levels and around an area of 1,27,000 sq metres.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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