Indigo, the Indian budget airline has announced that it will fly 28 repatriation flights from Qatar to India.
Till-date only state-owned Air India and Air India Express have been allowed to fly Indians who wished to return home. Now, Indigo has been permitted to operate 97 flights to Gulf countries from Kerala. The flight dates and other details are yet to be announced.
The Indian Aviation Minister revealed this during a press conference today, and said that Indian private airlines have expressed interest in joining the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ of repatriating Indians from several parts of the world.
He said the private airlines can join in, and later maybe international airlines may also join in the mission.
The IndiGo, in its statement said that they have been authorised to operate 97 Kerala repatriation flights to the Middle East. By adhering to all the precautionary measures, the flights will operate between Kerala and Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
IndiGo has been permitted to fly nearly half of the total 180 repatriation flights allotted to private airlines.
Out of the 97 repatriation flights, 28 will fly from Doha, 10 from Muscat, 23 from Kuwait and 36 from Saudi to Kerala.
Indian Embassy in Qatar said that seven flights have left Doha to India already as part of Vande Bharat Mission, which included 1197 passengers including 40 infants.