Stranded Indians From San Francisco Come To B'Lore Via Evacuation Flight

Publish On: 21 May, 2020 03:53 PM | Updated   |   Madhurima  

BENGALURU: An evacuation flight from Air India arrived in Karnataka with 115 repatriate individuals from San Francisco via national capital, New Delhi on Thursday, May 21, as per an official.

The official from the state-run airline said, "AI-0174 flight from San Francisco landed here at 8:30 a.m. with 115 passengers after a stopover in New Delhi."

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Before this, another evacuation flight from the west coast of the US arrived on 15 May and had 109 returnees. This was the second flight to Karnataka after a week from America.

The individuals who returned were also given hand sanitizers and face masks to wear at all times. 

The official further mentioned, "The luggage of all the passengers, including cabin baggage was also screened and disinfected before handing over to them after they completed formalities such as filling the self-declaration form and downloading of the Quarantine App for contact tracing later."

A state-run bus was also arranged for the ones who returned which took them hotels and resorts in the city which have been converted into quarantine centres. As per the established guidelines, the returnees will be kept under quarantine for 14 days before they could be sent home.

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Overall this was the 5th flight to Karnataka under the 2nd phase of the Vande Bharat Mission. Air India, the national carrier along with it's Express arm are functioning to bring thousands of stranded Indians, which includes senior citizens, migrants, tourists, students and distressed workers who are overseas since the government imposed the national lockdown from March 25 and air travel got suspended on March 23, in order to control the coronavirus pandemic.