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Almost 2 lakh people flew in and out of India on 870 charters post lockdown: DGCA


New Delhi, June 15: Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday said that foreign airlines have operated 870 chartered flights, carrying around two lakh stranded people to their destinations amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

India suspended international and domestic passenger flights on March 23 and March 25, respectively.

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While domestic passenger services resumed on May 25, international passenger services continue to remain suspended in the country.

The Indian government started the Vande Bharat Mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations through special international flights amid the lockdown.

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    'In addition to facilitating the Vande Bharat Mission, the DGCA granted permission to around 870 chartered flights, transporting around two lakh passengers, both inbound & outbound. Several airlines helped in the humanitarian mission of taking stranded people to their destinations,' the Directorate General of Civil Aviation tweeted.

    'Major airlines, including Qatar Airways-81, KLM Dutch-68, Kuwait Air-41, British Airways-39, FlyDubai-38, Air France-32, Jazeera-30, Air Arabia-20, Gulf Air-19, Sri Lankan-19, Biman Bangladesh-15, Korean Air-14, Delta-13, Saudia-13 & Air Nippon-12 took part in the operations,' it added.

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