3 evacuation flights with stranded Indians to land in Bangalore

BENGALURU: Of the 64 government-planned flights to evacuate stranded Indians in foreign countries, three will land in Bangalore, one from the United Kingdom, Singapore, and the United States on May 8, 12, and 13, respectively.

The first evacuation flight to land will be on AI 1178 from Heathrow Airport at 11:50 pm on May 8. 250 passengers are expected to board this flight. Passengers will then be able to travel to New Delhi on AI 1804, which will depart from Bangalore Airport at 1:15 a.m. and will arrive in Delhi at 4 a.m. on May 9.

Indians stranded in Singapore will be evacuated on flight AI 1376 that leaves Bangalore at 9 am on May 12 and arrives on the island at 4:15 pm. On the way back, AI 1377 will leave Singapore Airport at 5:45 pm and arrive in Bangalore at 7:45 pm.

AI 0173 will depart Delhi airport at 3:30 am on May 10 and arrive in San Francisco at 7 am. On its return flight, the AI ​​1174 will depart San Francisco at 11pm on May 11 and arrive in New Delhi at 4:15 am. On May 13, passengers who wish to travel to Bangalore will be transported by AI 1174. It will take off from Delhi at 6:15 a.m. and will arrive in Bangalore at 9 a.m.

According to the Karnataka government, 10,823 state residents, including tourists and visitors (4,408), students (1,660), migrants and professionals (1,503), and ship crews (557) are stranded abroad as of April 30. Have a thermal exam and a pulse oximeter check on arrival at KIA. The back of the palms of Category C (asymptomatic) passengers will be stamped with the date of the 14-day quarantine period, while symptomatic individuals (Category A) will be taken to hospitals and asymptomatic individuals with comorbidities (Category B) taken to a quarantine center.

KIA has been asked to provide an adequate number of test desks and medical teams from the Department of Health and Family Welfare will be stationed at the airport according to flight schedules. Counters have been requested at KIA to provide local SIM cards, sell N95s, triple-layer surgical masks, handmade masks, and hand sanitizers and soda counters.

The first international batch travelers will land on May 8. They will be classified into two groups, asymptomatic and symptomatic. All symptomatic passengers will be taken to designated hospitals for the Covid-19 test and must remain in the hospital for 14 days, even if the result is negative on the first day. They will be tested on the 7th and 12th again. Asymptomatic passengers will be placed in institutional quarantine and will also be tested on the first day. If they turn out to be negative, they will continue there. If they return negative on the seventh day, they will be sent home, but they must be strictly quarantined at home, said Pankaj Kumar Pandey, health commissioner.

GOI is operating 64 flights from May 7 to 13 to bring home more than 14,800 stranded Indian citizens. Of these, 10 flights are operated to the UAE, five to Saudi Arabia, seven to the United States, seven to the United Kingdom, five to Singapore and two to Qatar.

All flights are operated by Air India and Alliance Air.