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Evacuation of foreign nationals starts with first flight from Kolkata

With 115 passengers on board, the Air India flight marks the start of a four-day process throughout the country.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: March 31, 2020 2:34:18 pm
Passengers waiting to get on board the Air India flight that leaves for Frankfurt from Dum Dum airport on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

The first flight evacuating foreign nationals, mostly citizens of European countries, took off from Kolkata airport this morning. With 115 passengers on board, the Air India flight marks the start of a four-day process throughout the country.

It was around 9.30 am when the Air India Flight took off from Kolkata airport. The fight is scheduled to leave for Frankfurt after a brief stopover at Delhi airport.

Prabir Ghosh with his daughter Anjuli leaves for Frankfurt.With 115 passengers on board an Air India Flight it marks the four day process throughout the country. (Express Photo by Parth Paul)

“I am thankful to the German consulate, both central and state government and the police. They have been very helpful,” said Martin Kampchen, a renowned Rabindranath Tagore scholar who used to reside in Shantiniketan, Birbhum. The German is one of the passengers on the flight.

According to Air India sources, such flights will pick up foreign nationals from Bangaluru, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai and Mumbai from March 31 to April 3.

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