Under the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission, International flights have started from today to bring back Indians stranded abroad. The first flight will land from Dubai at Vijayawada Airport today.

Vijaywada International Airport Director Madhusudan Rao, "First flight will come from Dubai at 6.10 pm on Wednesday. 65 passengers have booked seats. The load may increase due to last-minute bookings,"

In the first phase of the mission, 490 international flights landed at Vijayawada airport and around 55,600 passengers from different countries landed in these flights.

Rao added, "People stranded at various countries were brought, they had landed at Vijayawada Airport and reached their places in the state. Same services will be continued in this phase also,".

Rao further said that all arrangements have been made in this regard and he has also expanded the arrival area.

"All facilities are made for passengers' comfort. There will be 10 international services per week, however, there will be no services on Sundays," he added in his statement.

About 50 lakh people
have returned to India under the Vande Bharat Mission till March 10, 2021. Vande Bharat Mission began in early May 2020 to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to the covid-19 travel restrictions.


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