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 in the present day 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 assist”.
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 in the present day. I wish to thank all those that made it attainable. We’ve received wonderful assist from Italian authorities. I wish to thank authorities in India for this mission,” Reenat Sandhu stated.
Punjabi people singer Ginni Mahi additionally thanked the Indian Embassy earlier than boarding the repatriation flight from Rome.
“I wish to thank the Indian Embassy for the cooperation they prolonged to us for a month. At the moment we’re going residence safely,” stated Ginni Mahi.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday stated that greater than 20,000 Indians have been introduced again to the nation underneath the Vande Bharat Mission to date and extra might be introduced again within the coming days.
“Beneath Vande Bharat mission, we’ve introduced again greater than 20,000 of our residents from varied locations. We’ve on the identical time utilised the outgoing plane to hold our residents who dwell overseas, and wanted to journey as a result of they’ve jobs and different commitments,” Mr Puri stated 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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