Air India to rescue stranded Indians from 32 countries

National carrier Air India has said that it will operate flights to 32 countries to bring back stranded Indians.

“Reservation for travel from India to select destinations in the USA, UK, Australia and to Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore has commenced from 1700 hrs on May 14 on the website,” a statement from the carrier said.

Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that under the second phase as many as 30,000 Indians will be returning to India – which is almost double of the 14,800 Indians – which was the target number in the first phase.

“In 1st phase of Vande Bharat, we were to bring back 14,800 Indians on 64 flights. Around 8500 Indians have already returned. More flights are underway. In the 2nd phase, the numbers are being doubled. A total of 30,000 more Indians will return on 149 flights,” Puri said on Twitter.