Vijayawada Airport Resume Flights From Gulf Countries Under Vande Bharat Mission. It has been almost around two months since, Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada International Airport stopped its flight operations for passenger flights to Gulf countries. On Wednesday the airport has resumed its international flight operation from Gulf nations such as Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat, Qatar.
Singapore has also been added to the list.
International flight operation to/from Vijayawada has been suspended since 03rd of April 2021 due to the second wave of Coronavirus in India.
The first international flight from Dubai with around 65 passengers onboard has landed on Wednesday at Vijayawada International Airport after almost a 2 months gap.
“First flight will come from Dubai at 6.10 pm on Wednesday. 65 passengers have booked seats,” said Vijaywada International Airport Director Madhusudan Rao.
Rao further claimed that the Vijaywada airport has handled as many as 490 international flights in the 1st phase of the Vande Bharat Mission earlier.
“All facilities are made for passengers’ comfort. There will be 10 international services per week, however, there will be no services on Sundays,” he mentioned.
It must be noted that the United Arab Emirates on Sunday extend the suspension of flights from India till 30th of June 2021. UAE has initially imposed on April 25, after a surge in Covid-19 cases in India due to the second wave.
However, there is an exemption for UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas, and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the revised published COVID‑19 protocols.
During the present situation only special flights approved by the Ministry of Civil Aviation under the Vande Bharat Mission and Air Bubble Agreement are allowed to operate.