Vande Bharat Mission: More than 15 lakh people returned to India

Vastavam web: More than 15 Lakh people have returned to the country through various modes under the Vande Bharat mission, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said. Puri further said that more than 4.5 lakh people returned on flights. Puri also shared a photograph that stated that 4,059 Indian nationals returned on September 5. The Vande Bharat mission startedearly May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier last month, Indian had extended its international flight operation from July 31 to August 31 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. International flights to and from India have been under suspension since March 23, 2020. Domestic flights on limited routes and sectors began operation on May 25 with an initial capacity of 33%, later raised to 45%.

India signed ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements with the United States of America, France, and Germany last month, to allow gradual movement of passenger traffic during the Covid-19 health crisis. Air France and United Airlines of the US will operate a limited number of international flights under the ‘air bubble’ arrangements with India.