India allows special flight to carry home Indian-origin British citizens stuck in lockdownRecord ID: 1469239
- Title: India allows special flight to carry home Indian-origin British citizens stuck in lockdown
- Date: 13th April 2020
- Summary: AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA (APRIL 13, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) PEOPLE OUTSIDE AIRPORT VARIOUS OF BRITISH NATIONALS WEARING MASKS WALKING IN QUEUE WITH LUGGAGE VARIOUS OF PASSENGERS WAITING TO ENTER AIRPORT WITH LUGGAGE WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING PASSENGER ENTERING AIRPORT/PASSENGER STANDING PASSENGER SANITISING HANDS PASSENGERS WEARING MASKS WALKING WITH LUGGAGE IN QUEUE PASSENGER WEARING MASK UNDERGOING THERMAL SCREENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MANOJ GANGAL, SAYING: "There are about 280 passengers who would be flying out of Ahmedabad to London on B747 aircraft which has already landed at Ahmedabad airport. (Reporter Asking- Sir how are the facility made by Indian government or by British Airways?) Well the British High Commission in coordination with Indian government has approved for this flight and today we are having this flight. There will be another flight on 15th and another one on 17th." PASSENGER WEARING MASK STANDING AS OTHERS GET OFF A BUS/PASSENGERS WALKING PASSENGERS WEARING MASKS STANDING WITH LUGGAGE
- Keywords: British India United Kingdom airport coronavirus flight health
- Reuters ID: LVA001C9BQA1B
- Location: AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA
- City: AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, INDIA
- Country: India
- Duration: 00:01:59
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: A special flight carrying British national of Indian origin, who were stuck in India due to a nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, were allowed to leave the country and fly to London on Monday (April 13).
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi ordered the country's 1.3 billion people to remain indoors until April 15 saying that was the only hope to stop the pandemic. However, the lockdown is expected to extend with the number of cases rising each day in the country.
As many as 280 passengers were taken in the first flight from India's western Ahmedabad city. Two more relief flights, carrying around 300 passengers each, is scheduled to take off from Gujarat state.
"The British High Commission in coordination with Indian government has approved for this flight and today we are having this flight. There will be another flight on 15th and another one on 17th," said Director, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, Manoj Gangal.
There are 7,987 active cases of coronavirus in the country and 308 have died, according to Indian Health and Family Welfare ministry.
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- Embargoed:27th April 2020 13:02
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