India starts operating repatriation flights beginning from Thursday, May 7th which would be payable. The countries are UAE, UK, US, Oman, Kuwait, Singapore and a lot more. A lot of Indian citizens have signed up for these flights, which would prove a big task for Indian airlines.
India has the second-largest population in the world will a lot of emigrants and tourists visiting other countries too. Hence the number is so high of stranded Indian national in foreign countries. This all happened very fast and sudden; therefore, the stranded Indian citizens were helpless until now. India had prohibited the bringing back of stranded nationals foreign countries but now since the citizens are pleading this happened. This is an essential task as people’s lives are depending on this too.
The enormity of the task
The task is very huge to give you all an overview, India will be operating 64 flights from 12 countries bringing home about 15000 Indian citizens. Yet, the supply may not be enough. For now, only AIR INDIA is helping with those repatriation flights. Still, maybe afterwards there may be more carriers helping which will make this happen faster and will also bring in more stranded nationals.
The aftermath of the flights
After every flight, all the passengers will be put in 2-week home quarantine, for safety reasons to ensure the virus does not spread and increase in India more then it has. This will put a lot of load on the aircraft’s, and they may not be usable again soon due to hygiene issues.
I believe that this is a win-win for both Indian carriers and the passengers as the airlines will get some profit and the passengers will get back to their homeland. This is a positive thing as people will be coming home after months.
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