Vande Bharat Mission 2.0: First Flight from Dubai to Land in Andhra Pradesh

Story Highlights
  • Vande Bharat Mission resumed
  • First flight to carry citizens from Dubai
  • As per MEA, 50 lakh people returned under phase 1 of the mission

New Delhi: As a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, international flights will resume their service from Wednesday as the first flight will touch Vijayawada International Airport from Dubai.

Vijayawada International Airport Director Madhusudan Rao confirming the arrival said,“First flight will come from Dubai at 6:10 pm on Wednesday. 65 passengers have booked seats. The load may increase due to last-minute bookings.”

As per the airport authority statistics, as many as 490 international flights carrying  55,600 passengers from different countries touched the runway in phase one of the Vande Bharat mission.

 “People stranded at various countries were brought, they had landed at Vijayawada Airport and reached their places in the state. Same services will be continued in this phase also,” said Mr Rao.

The airport authorities ramped up their services and expanded the arrival area promoting the implementation of COVID protocols. Briefing about the facilities, Mr Rao further stated,” all facilities are made for passengers’ comfort. There will be 10 international services per week, however, there will be no services on Sundays.”

 Earlier in March, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) informed that around 50 lakh people have returned to India under Vande Bharat Mission as of March 10, 2021.  Vande Bharat Mission is an initiative by the MEA to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions.

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