Two Air India planes to Kerala: Homecoming of Indians trapped abroad due to the lockdown caused by Coronavirus has started on Thursday. Under this, two flights of Air India, bringing Indians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reached Kerala on Thursday with about 354 Indians from there.
A spokesperson of Air India Express said that the plane landed at the international airport here at 10.9 pm, carrying four newborns and 177 passengers. Shortly thereafter, another Air India flight carrying five babies and 177 passengers reached Kozhikode Airport from Dubai at 10.45 am. Among the 354 Indians who boarded these two planes are two twins and 11 pregnant women.
— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2020
Indeed, India has launched the biggest ever campaign to bring back its stranded citizens from abroad amid international travel lockdown implemented due to the Coronavirus epidemic. It has been named ‘Vande Bharat Abhiyan’. Air India flight number IX452 flew from Abu Dhabi to Kochi on Thursday. After this, another Air India flight will leave from Kochi for Kochi.
Travelers had started arriving at Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports from 9:30 on Thursday morning to reach India. Some travelers brought the national flag of India with them. Earlier, the Indian government had announced on Monday that it would bring the stranded Indians abroad in a phased manner from May 7.
Neeraj Aggarwal, press, information and culture envoy at the Indian Consulate in Dubai, told Gulf News that it is a very difficult task to select the first passengers from a database of over two lakh applicants, which poses many challenges for the embassy. These applicants also include 6,500 pregnant women.