India deploys Air India to airlift nationals from Nigeria, ramps up further flights  

 

 

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Indians still stuck in Nigeria and want to return to their country had their dreams answered as the Indian government has deployed aircraft to airlift her citizens from the country.

This is coming as New Delhi has announced plans to further ramp up flights in the coming day to bring her citizens home from many parts of the world.

Meanwhile, India’s national carrier, Air India has begun the evacuation of hundreds of her citizens from Nigeria and had been granted leeway to operate as many flights as possible to take all the passengers out of Nigeria. Air India stopped flight services to Nigeria over two decades.

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A highly placed source from the India’s Embassy told Woleshadarenews  under strict condition of anonymity that New Delhi decided to deploy planes to evacuate her nationals because there are not enough capacity by Nigerian airlines to quickly help her airlift her citizens who had been stranded in Nigeria since the restriction of airspace.

 

It was learnt that the evacuation started since Thursday and could last till next week as the airline had been granted as many approvals to airlift many Indians out of the country.

It was disclosed that the government would further ramp up Vande Bharat flights in the coming days. The Vande Bharat flights, announced and planned by the Indian government and operated by Air India, is in its third phase and already brought back about 90,000 Indians stuck in various countries and also taken about 25,000 Indians from India to various parts of the world

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There had also been an allegations from various quarters that the Vande Bharat mission is a government’s attempt to support Air India.

Just last month, Nigeria’s flag carrier airline, Air Peace was engaged by the Indian government to evacuate 312 Indian citizens from Nigeria back to their country.

While Air India is operating flights under Vande Bharat, various international airlines from across the globe have operated charter flights and brough in about 200,000 Indians from across the world.

Wole Shadare