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AirAsia India operates multiple rescue flights under Operation Ganga; helps stranded Indian citizens reach home safely

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AirAsia India operates multiple rescue flights under Operation Ganga; helps stranded Indian citizens reach home safely

In an endeavour to aid repatriation efforts and evacuate Indian citizens stranded as a result of the conflict in Ukraine, AirAsia India operated multiple flights from Budapest in Hungary and Suceava in Romania to Delhi, bringing 500 Indians back home, as a part of Operation Ganga, the Government of India initiative to bring back Indians stranded in Ukraine. Joining hands with the Ministry of External Affairs, AirAsia India operated its maiden rescue flight from Suceava, Romania to New Delhi on 4th March, piloted personally by Capt. Manish Uppal, Head – Operations, AirAsia India. Additional flights were operated by the airline from Budapest, Hungary to New Delhi on 5th and 6th March respectively. AirAsia India welcomed the guests on board their journeys home with hot Indian meals and beverages.

The airline additionally operated 16 domestic flights in collaboration with the Governments of Kerala and Odisha to facilitate the onward journeys home of over 2,500 Indians evacuated as part of Operation Ganga.

AirAsia India operates multiple rescue flights under Operation Ganga; helps stranded Indian citizens reach home safely

Speaking on the efforts, Sunil Bhaskaran, MD & CEO, AAI shared, “We feel privileged to have extended our support to the Government of India’s repatriation efforts as part of Operation Ganga, as well as enabling the homecoming of so many Indians, specially young students to their home states in collaboration with the Governments of Kerala and Odisha. Our pilots and crew feel a great sense in facilitating a safe journey home to fellow citizens, and ensuring the safety and comfort of our guests on board. We look forward to continuing to support humanitarian initiatives wherever we can contribute.” 

About AirAsia India

Headquartered in Bengaluru, India, AAI Limited is a joint venture between Tata Sons Private Limited and AirAsia Aviation Group Limited. AAI commenced operations on 12th June 2014 and flies over 50 direct and 100 connecting routes across India. The airline offers plush leather seats, hot meals and Red Carpet priority services. AirAsia stands firmly on the pillars of its core values – People First, Dare to Dream, Be Guest-Obsessed, Make it Happen, One AirAsia, Safety Always, and Sustainability Spirit. AAI has consistently embraced technology to deliver operational efficiency and enhance guest experiences, offering fast bookings, fab value and fantastic deals on its award-winning mobile apps and website airasia.co.in, delivering seamless support with an advanced AI-powered multilingual chatbot Tia.

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Mumbai/Updated on: 11 March 2022