Russia-Ukraine Crisis: Third Evacuation Flight Lands In Mumbai


On Thursday, March, an Air India flight from Bucharest, Romania to Mumbai‘s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) via Kuwait successfully landed at 05:33 hours with 180 Indian passengers along with 1 infant, onboard. CSMIA, in compliance with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Government and Airport Health Organization (APO), undertook several measures to facilitate a smooth transit of the passengers to their respective destinations while adhering to all necessary norms and protocols.

Of the 181 passengers, around 30 were from Maharashtra, 23 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Bihar, 13 from Delhi, 10 from Haryana and the remaining 88 from the rest of the country. Member of Lok Sabha and Minister of Railways, Coals and Mines, Raosaheb Patil Danve, addressed the passengers on the aircraft.

The CSMIA spokesperson remarked that the 181 passengers, 173 were fully vaccinated, and the remaining seven were sent for Rapid PCR testing. Blank Information forms were distributed on arrival to all passengers as required by the MCGM. Around 05 passengers were escorted to Buses at Level 1 for their onward journey to Gujarat. In addition, two passengers plus a 25-day-old infant were made comfortable at the Niranta Hotel.

The passengers went through thermal screening and 10 dedicated counters were made operational at the immigrations for quick processing and clearance. At the same time, a dedicated area was made available in the Arrival Reclaim Belt for a quick Check-In Baggage process, and XBIS machines were made operational for customs screening.

The Meet and Greet (M&G) area was made available as the assembly point where the passengers were welcomed and seated. The young passengers, along with MCGM officers, were served pre-packed breakfast and beverages. The passengers were segregated state-wise as State Governments of Rajasthan, Kerala, Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Karnataka, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana were present to receive the young students from their respective states. Additionally, the Indian Railway reservation desk and the help desk was set up at the triage and GTL area.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday, March 1 that approximately 8,000 Indians, mainly students, are stranded in Ukraine. In the backdrop of a war-like situation between Russia and Ukraine, India has been evacuating its citizens through special flights from Romania, Hungary and Poland as the Ukrainian airspace has been shut down since February 24.

Also Read: Russia-Ukraine Crisis: District Control Room To Assist Mumbai Citizens, Students Stranded In Ukraine

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