Air India will operate 64 flights to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded abroad amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
The flights will operate from May 7th to May 13th, 2020, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.
Private airlines may also join the repatriation effort after May 13th, 2020.
The passengers availing the repatriation flights will be charged.
A passenger on a London-Delhi flight will be charged Rs 50,000, while one has to shell out Rs 12,000 on a Dhaka-Delhi flight.
Suri informed that all the passengers will be screened and put under quarantine for a period of 14-day on arrival from abroad.
These 64 flights would be conducted by Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express.
Indians will be brought back from 12 countries – the UAE, the UK, the US, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.
All commercial passenger flights have been suspended as India went into lockdown since March 25th, 2020 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.