Vande Bharat Mission: Air India brings 225 Indians stranded in US to Mumbai as coronavirus lockdown continues
First Air India special flight, which took off from San Francisco with 225 Indians on board, landed in Mumbai on Monday
Mumbai: First Air India special flight, which took off from San Francisco with 225 Indians on board, landed in Mumbai on Monday.
The passengers departed from San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (local time) under the Government of India's Vande Bharat mission on Sunday.
"First AI spl flight from the US brings in 225 Indians from San Francisco to Mumbai. Thank @airindiain @MoCA_GoI and Maharashtra Govt for support and coordination. Great work by CG Sanjay Panda and Team @CGISFO," External Affair Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.
Air India is operating in San Francisco sector after 50 days as India had imposed restrictions due to COVID-19 spread.
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, India is conducting 'Vande Bharat' Mission - its biggest ever repatriation exercise since independence - to bring back stranded Indians from abroad, including from the US, UAE and UK.
Nearly 15,000 Indians are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries in the coming days.
A decrease of 12,010 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours
With the fresh cases, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,33,16,755, while the toll has climbed to 4,43,497, according to the data updated at 8 am
Maharashtra's COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.06 percent, while the fatality rate is 2.12 percent