New Delhi: Indian Air Force flight carrying 210 Indians evacuated from war-hit Ukraine arrived at Hindan airbase near Delhi from Bucharest, Romania on Sunday, March 6. A total of 11 special flights are expected to operate from Budapest, Kosice, Rzeszow and Bucharest today, bringing in more than 2,200 Indians back home, the Ministry of Civil Aviation informed.
Additionally, the Ministry of Civil Aviation informed nearly 3,000 Indians were airlifted on Saturday by 15 special flights from Ukraine’s neighbouring countries under ‘Operation Ganga’ to rescue Indian citizens. These 15 special flights included 12 special civilian and 3 Indian Air Force flights.
Indian Air Force flight carrying 210 Indians evacuated from Ukraine arrives at Hindan airbase near Delhi from Bucharest, Romania. pic.twitter.com/CZAXHIuGcF
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With this, more than 13,700 Indians have been brought back since the special flights began on February 22, 2022. The number of Indians brought back by 55 special civilian flights goes up to 11,728. To date, the IAF has flown 10 sorties to bring back 2,056 passengers, while taking 26 tonnes of relief load to these countries, as part of Operation Ganga, it said.
Further, the ministry on Saturday said, “Three C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft of the IAF, which had taken off yesterday from the Hindan airbase, landed back at Hindan today morning. These flights evacuated 629 Indian nationals from Romania, Slovakia and Poland. These flights also carried 16.5 tonnes of relief load from India to these countries.”
“All Civilian flights, except one, had landed during the morning today, while a flight from Kosice to Delhi is expected to arrive late in the evening. Today’s civilian flights included 5 from Budapest, 4 from Suceava, 1 from Kosice and 2 from Rzeszow,” the ministry said on Saturday.