Swiss airlines has launched a special repatriation flight, LX154, for Mumbai and New Delhi to evacuate stranded nationals from India on April 8. The special flight left Zurich at 4 pm CET on April 8 and arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai on April 9.
The special flight was started on behalf of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the return flight, LX8915, will depart from Mumbai at 9:45 pm IST on April 9 and is expected to arrive at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi shortly past midnight on April 10. The flight will then depart for Zurich at 1:35 am IST on April 10 after a brief layover.
The Swiss flight will reportedly be carrying Swiss and other European nationals home when all international flights have been prohibited from operating to and from India. India is under a 21-day nationwide lockdown and has prohibited international flights from landing in the country to keep a check on growing coronavirus cases. However, some flights meant for evacuation and cargo flights have been allowed during the lockdown.
(With agency inputs; Image credit: PTI)