Air India has announced 12 additional flight from August 18 to 30 to Canada and Vancouver from Delhi under the 5th phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Bookings for the flights are now open on the airline's official website or booking offices. As India is set to begin the fifth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, more bilateral air bubbles are expected to be announced with more countries.
#FlyAI : Air India will operate 12 flights between India & Canada from 18th to 30th August 2020 under VBM5 in addition to the existing flights operating on this route. Bookings will open on 31st July 2020 at 2000 hrs IST, through Air India Website and Booking Offices ONLY. pic.twitter.com/ERSUXIKabG— Air India (@airindiain) July 31, 2020
The fourth phase of the Vande Bharat Mission brought back as much as 2.5 lakh Indians from 53 countries around the world. Under the Phase 4 of the Vande Bharat mission, a total of 1,197 flights have been scheduled so far, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights, MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said at a media briefing.
694 flights have reached India as on July 22, repatriating nearly one lakh people so far, he said. Phase 4 is expected to continue until August 2, by which time around 80,000 more people are expected to return.
As on 22nd July, 7,88,217 Indian nationals have returned. 1,03,976 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh by land borders.
Noting that the Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced the establishment of bilateral bubbles with some countries, the MEA spokesperson said that between July 22 and August 31, Air India will be operating 30 flights a week to the US (New York, Chicago, Washington, New Jersey and San Francisco), four flights a week to Germany (Frankfurt) and three flights a week to France (Paris).
The ministry continues to be in touch with missions on specific demands for repatriation from students completing their courses abroad, workers and other stranded Indians with compelling reasons.