Combating coronavirus: Over 15,000 Indians repatriated from UAE last month

An Indigo Airlines' ground staff uses a queue buster devise to release a boarding pass to a passenger at the Srinagar airport November 21, 2014. Picture taken November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT) - RTR4HF1M

More than 15,000 stranded Indians were repatriated onboard 80 special flights and nine chartered services from the UAE last month, India missions have said.

Over 10,000 Indian nationals from Dubai and 5,600 from Abu Dhabi flew back since May 7, when the Vande Bharat Mission – the largest evacuation operation – took off.

The Consulate General of India in Dubai said that some 57 flights took 10,271 Indians to various destinations in India.

“We also arranged sending 42 mortal remains. We are doing our best to serve the community, labourers and distressed people,” the Consulate pointed out.

Meanwhile, 23 special flights and nine chartered services were operated from Abu Dhabi last month, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi said.

“A total of 5,642 passengers were flown from Abu Dhabi to various destinations in India till May 31 since the start of the Vande Bharat Mission. Some 23 special flights carried 4,074 passengers and nine company labour charters flew 1,568 passengers home,” the embassy noted.

The second phase of the mission is underway. There are eight flights in operation today from Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports to various states of India.