Repatriation: Air India will operate 6 special UK-India flights from May 7 to 12

NEW DELHI: Air india It will operate six special flights from London Heathrow between May 7 and 12 to fly to stranded Indians in the United Kingdom. Two flights will be to Mumbai (May 7 and 9); one to Bengaluru (May 8); Ahmedabad (May 10); Chennai (May 11) and Delhi (May 12), according to the website of the High Commission of India in London.

Indians returning to India will be required to pay airfare and bear the cost of quarantine at designated locations for 14 days upon return. They will have to commit for the same.

Large numbers of Indians are stranded worldwide, including the United Kingdom. India stopped scheduling international passenger flights on March 22 and asked its citizens to stay where they are until the necessary arrangements are made to bring them back.

“Priority is being given to the most vulnerable categories such as pregnant women and very elderly people, people facing medical emergencies, people who have bereavements or terminally/seriously illnesses in their most immediate families in India, stranded tourists etc.… The flights would be made available on payment-basis. You will be contacted directly by Air india regarding booking of tickets and payment, ”the Indian High Commission in London says on its website.

“Medical screening of passengers would be done before taking the flight. Only asymptomatic passengers would be allowed to travel. During the journey, all passengers would have to follow the protocols, including those issued by ministries of health and civil aviation. Air india would be providing gloves and masks, ”it adds.

Upon arrival in India, everyone would be medically examined; everyone would have to register in the Aarogya Setu app. All would be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in institutional quarantine for a fee, by the state government concerned. The COVID test would be performed after 14 days and additional measures would be taken according to health protocols. Before boarding, protocols under the government of India and the state government would have to be followed. the plane, says the High Commission of India in London.

AI will operate a special flight in the Dubai-Kozikhode and Abu Dhabi-Kochi sector each on May 7 to begin flying to Indians from the United Arab Emirates. The Indian mission in Dubai said in a statement on Monday that almost 2 Lakh Indians have registered to fly back to the country. We seek patience and cooperation from everyone as the Indian government undertakes this massive task of repatriation of Indian citizens ... it will take time for everyone to settle on these flights, the Indian mission said in the Dubai statement.

The commitment that Indians repatriated from the United Kingdom to India will have to give: