UAE airlines operating charter flights for repatriation of stranded Indians

Gulf News has reported major UAE airlines are operating charter flights to repatriate Indians stranded in the Gulf country following travel restrictions imposed from COVID-19, the news source said.

The special repatriation flights, arranged under the Vande Bharat Mission, are operated by Air India and Air India Express while some private airlines from India will soon be joining the mission.

Several companies and community groups have chartered repatriation flights with the UAE airlines, with some of them operating the first international flights to some destinations in India.

The special repatriation flights arranged by the Indian government under the Vande Bharat Mission are operated by Air India and Air India Express while some private airlines from India will soon be joining the mission.

India´s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it granted permission to around 870 chartered flights, transporting around 200,000 passengers, both inbound and outbound.

A total of 68 flights have been operated by FlyDubai (38), Air Arabia (20), Emirates (five) and Etihad (five), according to the DGCA.