Combating coronavirus: Over 275,000 Indians in UAE fly back home

Plenty of seats are still available on Air India and Air India Express flights from Dubai and Sharjah

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An Air India Airbus A320neo plane takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, December 13, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An Air India Airbus A320neo plane takes off in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, December 13, 2017.

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Over 275,000 Indians in the UAE have flown back home since India's repatriation mission began on May 7. The Indian mission in Dubai said over 500,000 Indians had registered on its website after the Vande Bharat Mission was first announced.

"In the last couple of weeks, the consulate called several people, but found that most of their demands have been met except on a few sectors. We feel there might be some people who are stuck and wish to go back to India, but they have been unable to do so due to lack of knowledge and means to get the tickets for their journey," the consulate said in a statement posted on Twitter.

The Indian mission said that "plenty of seats" are still available on Air India and Air India Express flights operating as part of the repatriation mission from Dubai and Sharjah. Indians can book seats on 90 flights till August 15 to Kerala, Delhi, Gaya, Varanasi, Amritsar, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Trichy, Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Lucknow, among others. In addition to these, Emirates, flydubai, Air Arabia, SpiceJet, Indigo, Go Air and Vistara have "planned close to 100 flights from various destinations from Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah", the consulate added.

The mission reiterated that visitors whose visas expired after March 1 must leave the country before August 10 to avoid fines.

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