Earlier this week, I wrote about the planned Phase 2 of massive repatriation flights project that has been initiated by the Government of India to fly out Indians from across the globe back home to India. While one would have expected this project to have started sooner, I am glad it is finally underway.
[Bookmark this page and keep checking back if you intend to fly from Australia to India on a repatriation flight]
At LiveFromALounge, we will be keeping track of the flights for various countries where there are a lot of Indians trying to get back home. Phase 2 flights will start operating on May 21, 2020, onwards and some of these flights will operate out of Australia.
You can register to be considered for being put on these flights at the High Commission of India in Australia website. Once you register for these flights, the HCI will start sending you updates about the Australia repatriation flights to Indians. Those enlisted for the flight will get 24 hours to pay for the flight else they move on to waitlisted people.
From May 16 onwards, daily flights will be operated by Air India to bring Indians in Australia back home. Boeing 787s of the airline will be involved in this mission. These flights will operate from Sydney or Melbourne, and the High Commission of India in Canberra advises that people can fly around Australia on a domestic flight.
Each of these flights will be able to accommodate 250 or so passengers. Medical screening of passengers will be done before taking the trip, and only asymptomatic passengers will be accepted on the flight. Priority will be given to older adults, workers in distress, pregnant women, urgent medical cases. These flights won’t be free.
Here is the full price list as notified by the High Commission of India in Canberra. Remember, each of these flights first flies to Delhi before they head over to another airport. For instance, Melbourne – Amritsar on May 22, 2020, is actually Melbourne – Delhi – Amritsar with a change of planes in Delhi sometimes.
Here is the official page of the High Commission of India in Canberra which is posting some of the details.
More such repatriation flights will hopefully be operated, and we will update this page with details of repatriation flights to India from Australia as and when more information is made available.
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