Government to operate two special flights from Doha for stranded Indians

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 05, 2020, 05:09 PM(IST)

53 Indians, evacuated from Tehran and Shiraz cities of Iran, arrived at Jaisalmer airport on Monday.  Photograph:( ANI )

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The civil aviation ministry said that 64 flights will be operated in the first week of operation to bring stranded Indians from different countries from May 7 to May 13

The embassy of Doha said on Tuesday that the Indian government has decided to operate two special flights to India in the wake of the coronavirus affecting the country.

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The first one will be from Doha to Kochi on May 7 and the second will be from Doha to Thiruvananthapuram on May 10, the embassy added.

The civil aviation ministry said that 64 flights will be operated in the first week of operation to bring stranded Indians from different countries from May 7 to May 13.

The ministry said that out of the 64 flights 10 flights were to operate in UAE, two flight to Qatar, five to Saudi Arabia, seven to the United Kingdom, five to Singapore, seven to the United States, five to the Philippines, seven to Bangladesh, two flight to Bahrain, seven to Malaysia, five to Kuwait and two to Oman.

On Tuesday, West Bengal police said that 1,188 persons had reached Dankuni railway station from Rajasthan and being sent to their homes after health check-up. Sixty-four buses and 42 small vehicles have been placed for this purpose.

As the virus continued to spread in the country, Pimpri Chinchwad health department in Maharashtra reported eight more coronavirus cases including those of two infants. 

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