PANAJI: Nearly 250 Britishers who were stuck in Goa have finally taken off for Manchester in a special flight arranged for them today i.e. 25 March 2020. Other arrangements are still in the process to send tourists of other nationalities to their home country.
Martin Joseph, the owner of Freedom Holidays, a charter company managed to send back the 249 tourists via TUI Airways, which is a Britain based chartered travel company. He revealed that the central government had to make an exception for the foreigners to reach their home.
"The 249 British tourists included those who had come to Goa by scheduled flights. India's charter aviation policy mandates that only those who come by a chartered flight can return by a chartered flight. But in this case, the central government allowed all tourists to fly back," said Joseph.
The official Twitter of Goa's international airport also posted regarding the recent developments about the mission to send the stranded ones to their home.
Relief flight of TUI from Goa airport going to take off in sometime carrying 249 stranded British Nationals. Matter of relief that guests shall be safe home amid COVID19 crisis. AAI committed for service. Bon voyage. One more tmmrw @AAI_Official @MoCA_GoI @UKinIndia @aairedwr pic.twitter.com/R9wdKSXiHa— Goa Airport (@aaigoaairport) March 24, 2020
It was Joseph who revealed that other efforts are also being made to evacuate other foreigners of different nationalities to their respective countries who are currently in Goa. The facility to extend the visas of the individuals who are nearing its expiry date was also provided.