Vande Bharat Mission: India’s evacuation operation gaining momentum by Air & Sea

Health workers screen Indians who were brought back on an Air India flight from Singapore at IGI Airport.

The Vande Bharat Mission gained momentum, with two flights — one from Singapore and another from Riyadh — landing in Delhi and Kairapur airport in Kerala, while the Operation Samudra Setu by the Indian Navy to evacuate Indians stranded abroad using naval ships kicked off from the Maldives on Friday.
The INS Jalashwa, the ship of the Eastern Naval Command, is scheduled to reach Kochi by Sunday.
Another repatriation flight from Bahrain, with 177 passengers and five infants, reached Cochin International Airport Ltd on Friday.
The flight from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia landed at Karipur airport with 152 passengers, including 84 pregnant women, at 8.05pm on Friday. Among those who landed were 22 children and five with medical conditions that need special care.
At 12.05pm on Friday, the AI-381 landed at IGI Airport with 234 passengers from Singapore. After screening, the passengers were sent to quarantine at various hotels in Aerocity, Dwarka and south Delhi. Passengers from Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh were sent home in buses.
Two flights had landed at Kochi and Kozhikode airports on Thursday from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively.
Around 250 Indian students and tourists stranded in the UK for nearly two months are also preparing to board the first repatriation flight from London to Mumbai on Saturday. The flight from London to Mumbai marks the first of seven Air India routes organised by the government to six Indian cities over the next week.