Over 65,000 Indians return on nearly 350 flights since May 6: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri


New Delhi: Over six lakh passengers have flown on nearly seven thousand flights since domestic operations resumed in the country. In a series of tweets, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, on Saturday departure flights were 674 with 65,080 passengers while the number of arrival flights were 678 handling 65,243 passengers.

He said, ever since the lockdown began on 25th March, DGCA has also given permission to around 640 chartered flights which saw more than one lakh outbound passengers and around 38 thousand inbound Indian citizens.

The Minister said, more than 65 thousand Indians return on nearly 350 Vande Bharat flights since 6 May. He also said over 311 flights have now been added in Phase-3 of the mission. The Minister informed that more flights will be added to bring back Indians and fly out those who are normally residents abroad or have to return due to compelling reasons.