Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia has organised the landing of some evacuation flights at an airport in a town close to the Ukraine-Romania border so that a significant number of Indian students are saved the almost 7-hour drive to the capital Bucharest.
Over the next three days, close to 5,000 students will be flown to India from Bucharest and the airport in the border town, Suceava.
The minister is in Romania as PM Modi-deputed special representative to Romania and Moldova to facilitate the evacuation of Indians from there. Just as he was speaking to the Indian media, an Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster landed in Bucharest with relief material.
“I will be moving to the border crossing town on Thursday, March 3 afternoon (local time) and will remain there till every Indian student reaching here is safely brought home. Bucharest is about a 6.5-hour drive from the border. I have arranged for two flights on Thursday, March 3 and four on Friday, March 4 to land straight from India to Suceava from where some Indian students will fly home. The remaining will be brought to Bucharest and flown home from the capital. In all about 5,000 will be flown over Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.”Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation (From the Bucharest airport)
“The Indian diaspora has been very helpful and they are assisting in every way right up to cooking for the Indian students coming from Ukraine after going through hardships. I thank the Indian embassy personnel and our ambassador to Romania, Rahul Shrivastava,” Scindia said.
The minister on Wednesday escorted Indian students to aircraft waiting to take them home. A young student was injured and Scindia made her sit on the front row of the Air India Dreamliner.
IndiGo, SpiceJet and AI Express are among the Indian airlines operating Operation Ganga charters.
(With Inputs from The Times of India)