New Delhi:8/5/20: Two special Air India flights carrying over 360 stranded Indians nationals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed in Kerala last night. The flights were a part of India’s massive exercise named as Vande Bharat Mission to bring back its citizens stuck in different parts of the world in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, landed at Kochi International Airport at 10:13 pm. It had 181 passengers on board.
The second flight from Dubai with 182 passengers landed at Kozhikode International Airport at 10:32 pm.
Extensive preparations have been made to ensure the Covid-19 evacuation protocol at the airports.
The passengers barring pregnant women and children and elders will be shifted to various quarantine centers across the state after conducting COVID-19 PCR tests at the airport.
District Administrations have made elaborate arrangements for transportation to respective quarantine centers and stay.
As a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, nearly 15,000 Indians stranded overseas are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries over a week.