Repatriation flights for Indian citizens restart in UAE


Air India is restarting a tentative schedule of repatriation flights for Indian citizens from Dubai, Bahrain and Jeddah from today until October 24.

Air India Express will also operate special services from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Muscat, Doha, Bahrain and Kuwait during September.

The global airlift is the sixth phase of the repatriation of Indian citizens due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the latest confirmed figures show that "more than 1.2 million Indians stranded abroad have been repatriated".

India's government has ruled out the resumption of regular commercial international services until further notice.

The Indian Minister for Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, has said that negotiations on air travel arrangements with 18 more countries are ongoing.


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