New Delhi: – After bringing 165,000 Indians back to the country in the first two stages of ‘Vande Bharat’, the third stage got underway on 11th June. In the third stage, Indians from 43 countries will be brought back and 400,000 Indian citizens have registered for this stage.
Maximum people will be returning from the United States and Canada. There will be 53 and 24 flights, respectively, from the United States and Canada whereas, 170 flights are scheduled to be operated from the Middle East. Similarly, Indians will also be brought back from 6 African nations. This stage will see the participation of private airlines along with Air India. Indigo will operate 24 flights from the Middle East countries and Malaysia. Go Air will operate three flights from the Middle East countries and two flights from Singapore.
165,000 Indian citizens had been brought back in the first two stages of ‘Vande Bharat’. These included 12,774 students and 11,241 professionals.
The Indian Airforce announced Vande Bharat and Indian Navy announced Operation Samudra Setu, to bring the Indians stranded in foreign countries because of the lockdown. On Thursday, INS Shardul came to the Porbandar port in Gujarat, from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran, with 233 Indians on board, under the Operation Samudra Setu.