This is the number of passengers from May 9 to 30. Seven of the 13 flights from Doha to India were flown to Kerala. Those who have returned home include pregnant women, patients in need of emergency care, senior citizens who have visited visas, lost their jobs, returned home after the death of relatives, domestic workers and prisoners.
The first phase of the service, which started on May 9, will provide services to Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. In the second phase, which commenced on May 18, the airline operated four flights to Kochi, Kozhikode and Kannur, including Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru and Gaya. The second phase of the service began on May 29 after Eid. There are two services to Kerala, one to Kannur and one to Kochi and one to Thiruvananthapuram. It is also connected to Delhi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Chennai and Lucknow. These include Amritsar on May 31, Kochi on June 2, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai on June 3, Kannur and Lucknow on June 4.
Though IndiGo has announced that it will launch 28 flights to Doha from the Doha-based Vandebharat Mission, it is yet to be launched. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jayashankar has announced that Air India will soon be launching direct ticket booking for non-expatriates arriving home as part of the Vandebharat Mission.
Tens of thousands are waiting
According to figures provided by the Indian Embassy in Qatar, over 45,000 people have registered with the Embassy to return to India. Of these, 28,000 are Malayalees. As of May 30, only 2,232 flights were flown on 13 flights. There are tens of thousands still waiting for their return home. The expatriate Indians are hoping to get more aircraft in the third phase.
And organizations seeking permission to charter aircraft
Organizations such as Qatar KMCC, Kerala Business Forum Qatar and Qatar Incas have applied for charter flights to India. Although the KMCC is in principle approved, it also needs to obtain approvals from other departments. KMCC registration has been started to prepare a priority list of travelers traveling home.
English Summary: Expat Return from Qatar to India