The primary Vande Bharat Mission flight from Rome took off for Delhi and Kochi with 239 passengers on board, the Indian Embassy in Italy.
Tweeting a couple of photos, the Embassy wrote: “First Vande Bharat Mission flight from Rome taking off for Delhi and Kochi at the moment with 239 passengers. Thank Ministry of International Affairs and Worldwide Cooperation of Italy, Ministry of Exterior Affairs, India, Exterior Affairs Minister of India, Union Minister for Housing & City Affairs, Air India for his or her help”.
Earlier, Reenat Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to Italy interacted with passengers ready to board the primary repatriation flight.
“It is a matter of nice pleasure for us that Vande Bharat Mission from Italy is beginning at the moment. I need to thank all those that made it potential. We have now obtained glorious help from Italian authorities. I need to thank authorities in India for this mission,” Reenat Sandhu mentioned.
Punjabi folks singer Ginni Mahi additionally thanked the Indian Embassy earlier than boarding the repatriation flight from Rome.
“I need to thank the Indian Embassy for the cooperation they prolonged to us for a month. At present we’re going residence safely,” mentioned Ginni Mahi.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday mentioned that greater than 20,000 Indians have been introduced again to the nation beneath the Vande Bharat Mission to this point and extra might be introduced again within the coming days.
“Underneath Vande Bharat mission, now we have introduced again greater than 20,000 of our residents from numerous locations. We have now on the identical time utilised the outgoing plane to hold our residents who reside overseas, and wanted to journey as a result of they’ve jobs and different commitments,” Mr Puri mentioned at a press convention.
The Indian authorities launched the primary part of the Vande Bharat Mission on Could 7 and the second part started on Could 16.
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