Mumbai: Air India flight departed from Vancouver International Airport to Delhi and Amritsar on May 20 with over 200 Indians on board.
This will be the first repatriation of Indian citizens from Canada and first Air India flight to operate from Vancouver.
“The Consulate General of India facilitated the flight departure from YVR airport with assistance from Air India, Toronto. In a historic first, this is the first time that Air India landed in Vancouver, it brought in 217 passengers to Canada on 19th May and left for India with stranded Indian citizens on 20th May”, read a Facebook post of Consulate General of India, Vancouver.
The repatriated passengers expressed gratitude towards the Indian Government and Consulate General of India, Vancouver.
Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said around 20 thousand Indian citizens have been repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission so far and the number will rise further in the coming days.
Vande Bharat Mission is an initiative of the Indian Government in the repatriation of stranded Indian citizens in other countries. The first phase of Mission began on 7th May and the second phase on 16th May.