Air India Dreamliner to rescue over 200 Indians stranded in Rome
New Delhi: Amid the Coronavirus outbreak, Air India will send an aircraft to bring back Indians stranded in Rome, a news agency report stated. The national carrier will send a 787 Dreamliner aircraft to Rome on Saturday to evacuate Indians stranded in Rome amid the Coronavirus crisis. The Air India flight will return with the Indian citizens from Rome on Sunday morning. From Sunday, the Government of India has decided not to allow any international flight to land in India for a week.
Earlier, reports said the government will send Air India 787 Dreamliner to Rome, which will bring back around 230 people who have tested negative for novel Coronavirus. As many as 374 Indians are said to have tested negative for COVID-19 in Italy, which is one of the worst affected countries by the virus.
Before Saturday's rescue mission, Air India had evacuated 218 people from Milan in Italy.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has said passengers arriving in India from all countries are being scanned universally. Decisions on quarantine and further medical examination are taken after the scanning procedure.
On Friday, Air India announced that it will be offering rescheduling options without charges for future travel to its customers. "In order to ameliorate the situation resulting from Coronavirus, we are offering our valued passengers Rescheduling options without charges for future travel. Passengers flying with us or planning to fly on our network till May 31, 2020 can now book free of cost and travel as ease till December 31, 2020," Air India said in a statement."
A total of 218 Indians, mostly students, were evacuated from Milan last Sunday, following which they were taken to an ITBP quarantine facility in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area.
Meanwhile, India is also evacuating Indians stranded in Iran in batches. On Sunday, March 15, two Air India flights carrying over 230 Indians from Coronavirus-hit Iran landed in Jaisalmer. The passengers of the flight have been quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer, a news agency reported.