Coronavirus: Air India to Help Evacuate German, French, Irish, and Canadian Citizens

The India flag carrier will operate 18 special repatriation flights to bring home the citizens of these countries, who are stuck in the country due to the current lockdown.

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India‘s national carrier has signed contracts with Germany, Canada, France, and Ireland to operate 18 special repatriation flights to bring home the citizens of these countries, who are stuck in India due to the current lockdown.

The airline’s chairman and managing director Rajiv Bansal said via a video conference: “I am happy to announce that an hour before, we got the approval for launching the freighter operations to Shanghai from Delhi for two dates, April 4 and 5. We have applied for subsequent dates also for 6, 7, 8, and 9. We hope to get those approvals also within a day.”

According to India’s Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, airlines can take domestic bookings after April, but this will be subject to the government’s decision on extending the current lockdown, part of measures containing the spread of COVID-19.

As for international flights to evacuate Indians stranded abroad, these can only start after April 14, when the country’s lockdown has been lifted.

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