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COVID-19: Vistara offers to fly government doctors, nurses for free

Vistara also said it wants to help government organisations and hospitals who have an immediate need fir air logistics.

April 26, 2021 / 08:23 AM IST
Vistara's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft (Image - Twitter-@Boeing_In)

Vistara's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft (Image - Twitter-@Boeing_In)


Vistara has offered to fly doctors and nurses representing government organisations for free within the country, amid a harsh second wave of COVID-19 cases.

In a letter to Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Vistara also said it wants to help government organisations and hospitals who have an immediate need fir air logistics.

"We are also happy to fly doctors and nurses representing government organisations, free of cost, across our domestic network, and also fly them back on the conclusion of their service. The personnel who avail this service will have to mandatorily follow all the travel related SOPs and present relevant identification and documentation," the airline said.

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Vistara said the doctors and nurses will be accommodated on a first-come-first-serve basis, due to limited availability of seats.

In a tweet, the ministry said, "Wish to commend generous offer by Vistara to Govt Organisations and Hospitals in immediate need of air logistics. They've also offered to fly Doctors & Nurses representing Govt organisations, free of cost, across the domestic network. Let's fight the pandemic together".

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India has been reporting more than 3 lakh new COVID-19 cases a day since April 21, the highest single-day spikes recorded by any country.

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first published: Apr 26, 2021 08:23 am

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