The government announced repatriation flights to Saudi (Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh) in the fourth phase of VBM from July 3. However, by the time Ali decided to book his ticket, seats on all 11 flights were sold out.

Aamir Ali’s son was born final month in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, however he’s but to satisfy him in particular person. Ali had come to Mumbai in February for his mom’s coronary heart remedy and was pressured to increase his keep after worldwide flight operations have been placed on maintain through the Covid-19 lockdown.

He has nonetheless been unable to get a ticket to fly again to his spouse and new child and can now have to try to get a seat in part 5 of repatriation flights.

Ali, a enterprise govt, was unable to e book a seat on any of the 11 flights as they have been bought out inside minutes after the federal government introduced the record of repatriation flights as a part of Vande Bharat Mission (VBM).

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Ali, his mom, father, and brother landed in Mumbai on February eight for the mom’s coronary heart valve substitute surgical procedure. They needed to keep within the metropolis until March to attend follow-up visits together with her physician. Their journey acquired prolonged additional as a result of lockdown and now, Ali is determined for a approach again to his household.

“My wife was nearly six months pregnant at the time when the doctors in Saudi informed us about the need for surgery [for my mother] and hence, she stayed back,” mentioned Ali.

The authorities introduced repatriation flights to Saudi (Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh) within the fourth part of VBM from July 3. However, by the point Ali determined to e book his ticket, seats on all 11 flights have been bought out.

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“Bookings for Saudi were full within hours of the routes being open,” mentioned an Air India official.

36 new India-US flights

Air India on Sunday introduced that it’s going to function 36 new flights between India and the USA from July 11 to 19 underneath the Vande Bharat Mission, bookings for which can open from July 6, 8pm (IST).

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