Check flights leaving for and from India to bring back stranded Indians.
The Centre started the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ on May 6 to help Indians stranded due to the novel coronavirus pandemic reach their destinations via international repatriation flights.
According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, 3,238 repatriation flights were operated by the Air India Group under the Vande Bharat Mission till August 7, carrying over 4.26 lakh passengers. Of these, 1,621 were inbound flights carrying 3 lakh passengers and 1,617 were outbound flights with 1.2 lakh fliers.
The mission is currently in its Phase 5 which will continue until August 31.
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Here is the repatriation international flights schedule for August 9:
Air India repatriation schedule for August 9: Ex-India to foreign stations (in local time)AI 0161: DELHI 02:45 to LONDON 07:30
AI 1143: DELHI 03:30 to VANCOUVER 07:00
AI 1929: DELHI 09:00 to SHARJAH 11:15
AI 1901: HYDERABAD 10:30 to DAMMAM 12:30
AI 0945: MUMBAI 12:40 to ABU DHABI 14:45
Air India repatriation schedule for August 9: Ex-foreign stations to India (in local time)AI 1930: SHARJAH 12:15 to LUCKNOW 17:30
AI 1930: LUCKNOW 18:10 to DELHI 19:00
AI 0301: SYDNEY 10:30 to DELHI 19:20
AI 1902: DAMMAM 13:30 to HYDERABAD 20:15
AI 0946: ABU DHABI 15:45 to INDORE 20:30
AI 0946: INDORE 21:15 to MUMBAI 22:45
AI 1178: LONDON 09:45 to BANGALURU 23:55
AI 1144: VANCOUVER 10:15 to DELHI 14:45
Air India Express repatriation schedule for August 9: Ex-foreign stations to India (in local time)IX 1142: Dubai 11:30 to Delhi 16:30
IX 1344: Dubai 13:30 to Kozhikode 19:10
IX 1534: Dubai 15:50 to Thiruvananthapuram 21:30
IX 1744: Dubai 17:30 to Kannur 22:40
IX 1938: Abu Dhabi 14:00 to Hyderabad 19:25
IX 1638: Abu Dhabi 16:00 to Chennai 21:35
IX 1476: Doha 11:45 to Kochi 18:40
IX 1176: Doha 10:25 to Amritsar 16:35
IX 1681: Singapore 18:05 to Tiruchirappalli 19:50
IX 1625: Kuala Lumpur 17:35 to Tiruchirappalli 18:50
IX 1412: Sharjah 14:00 to Kochi 19:35
IX 1114: Abu Dhabi 18:00 to Jaipur 22:45
IX 1642: Abu Dhabi 12:00 to Coimbatore 17:45
IX 1118: Muscat 12:30 to Delhi 17:00
Air India Express repatriation schedule for August 9: Ex-India to foreign stations (in local time)IX 1247: Mumbai 9:00 to Dubai 10:30
IX 1343: Kozhikode 10:05 to Dubai 12:30
IX 1383: Mangaluru 12:40 to Dubai 14:50
IX 1743: Kannur 12:15 to Bengaluru 13:15
IX 1937: Hyderabad 10:25 to Abu Dhabi 13:00
IX 1637: Chennai 12:15 to Abu Dhabi 15:00
IX 1475: Kochi 9:00 to Doha 10:45
IX 1175: Delhi 8:00 to Doha 9:25
IX 1682: Tiruchirappalli 10:10 to Singapore 17:05
IX 1624: Tiruchirappalli 10:10 to Kuala Lumpur 16:35
IX 1411: Kochi 10:40 to Sharjah 13:00
IX 1115: Delhi 14:55 to Abu Dhabi 17:00
IX 1641: Chennai 8:15 to Abu Dhabi 11:00
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