GoAir, recently marked the completion of over 500 flights since lockdown, including 21 Vande Bharat Mission flights and 60 Air Bubble operations that repatriated 80,651 plus Indians.
As of September 27, the airline had flown over 500 international charters from the Gulf countries to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kochi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kannur, Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, Amritsar, Tiruchirappalli and Gaya. As part of the Air Bubble operations, GoAir has operated flights from Dubai to Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi and Kannur in India.
GoAir started the repatriation flights on June 10 and gradually ramped up its operations with a combination of Vande Bharat Mission flights, private international charters and Air Bubble operations.
Commenting on the milestone, Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir, said, “We are pleased to continue our endeavours towards repatriation efforts – be it Vande Bharat Mission, international private charters or Air Bubble operations, as we continue to bring Indian citizens back home. GoAir has always been at the forefront and stands committed to providing our services during a crisis situation for helping our fellow citizens when they need it the most.”
Mr. Khona added that GoAir’s cockpit crew, cabin crew, airport staff and various other teams have put in phenomenal efforts to fly back our stranded fellow citizens and reunite them with their families. “GoAir will be supporting the Government of India with many more Vande Bharat Mission flights, private charter flights as well as Air Bubble operations that are required to help Indians return to their loved ones,” he said.
Saudi Arabia, GoAir said had emerged as the top destination for it’s repatriation flights, followed by Kuwait, UAE, Qatar and Oman. GoAir operated 255 flights between Saudi Arabia and India and repatriated 45,443 passengers. Within Saudi Arabia, the city of Dammam remained on top with 117 flights that repatriated 20,870 stranded Indians. GoAir operated 100 flights from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and repatriated 17,802 stranded Indians.
In addition, 82 flights of GoAir from Kuwait repatriated 14,317 stranded Indians. With regards to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), GoAir operated 35 repatriation flights from Dubai and 22 flights from Abu Dhabi wherein 6,271 and 3,902 Indians returned home, respectively. GoAir operated 26 flights from Doha in Qatar and repatriated 4,605 stranded Indians, while 34 flights from Muscat in Oman repatriated 6,113 stranded Indians.