A total of 156 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka were repatriated on a special Air India flight from Colombo to Kochi and Bengaluru yesterday, The Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
The High Commissioner for India Gopal Baglay met the Indian nationals at the Bandaranaike International Airport and bid them a safe journey,
Over 1,000 Indian nationals have been repatriated from Sri Lanka so far.
“The next special flight from Sri Lanka, Air India AI 0282 from Colombo to Delhi - Lucknow - Gaya, is scheduled on June 22. The passenger manifest has been prepared based on registrations received by the High Commission of India.
The flights have been scheduled as a part of phase III of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, an initiative of the Indian Government to bring home Indians stranded abroad by the COVID-19 pandemic.