Air India flight from UAE carrying 177 Indian nationals takes off

The Air India Express flight IX452 took off from Abu Dhabi to Kochi, which will be followed by a Dubai-Kozhikode flight of the same airline

Current Affairs : The first of the two departures from the UAE conveying 177 Indian nationals left for Kerala on Thursday, as India started its greatest ever repatriation exercise to bring back its residents abandoned abroad in the midst of the global travel lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.


An aggregate of 354 Indian nationals, including 11 pregnant ladies and a couple of twins, will return home on Thursday in the two departures from the UAE to Kerala as a component of the repatriation practice named ‘Vande Bharat Mission.’


The Air India Express flight IX452 took off from Abu Dhabi to Kochi, which will be trailed by a Dubai-Kozhikode trip of a similar carrier.


Travelers began showing up at Abu Dhabi and Dubai air terminals as ahead of schedule as 9.30am on Thursday. A portion of the travelers were conveying the Indian banners.


Indian Ambassador Pavan Kapoor was seen enquiring about the technique from a portion of the travelers experiencing clinical screening at the Abu Dhabi air terminal.


“Credit to all the travelers for standing by calmly for their chance for clinical screening and an abundance of thanks to all the bleeding edge wellbeing laborers and air terminal staff for expanding full help,” the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi tweeted.


There are no suspected Covid-19 cases among the principal cluster of travelers being repatriated on Thursday.


“Every one of them have cleared the tests, Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul was cited as saying by the Gulf News.


He said the standards of travelers’ choice included clinical cases, loss of occupations, pregnant ladies and senior residents. Those with inconveniences and money related issues were additionally picked.


On Monday, the Indian government declared designs to start a staged repatriation of its residents abandoned abroad from May 7. The legislature additionally said that Air India will work 64 departures from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals abandoned abroad in the midst of the Covid-19-prompted lockdown.


Short-posting the primary travelers from among a database of in excess of 200,000 candidates, who incorporate around 6,500 pregnant ladies, has been a mammoth undertaking which represented a few difficulties for the missions, Neeraj Agrawal, Consul, Press, Information and Culture at the Indian Consulate in Dubai told the Gulf News.


India is directing its greatest ever repatriation practice named Vande Bharat Missionsans social separating and Covid-19 tests to bring back abandoned Indians from abroad.


The Indian missions in the UAE concluded the rundown of travelers, who were picked dependent on the convincing reasons they submitted while enrolling their names.


“Just travelers with affirmed tickets must continue to the air terminal. They are required to arrive at the air terminal five hours before takeoff,” Agrawal said.

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