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IndiGo to operate 2 flights to bring back over 450 stranded citizens from Sudan

Apr 28, 2023 08:40 PM IST

In a statement, the airline said that it is operating two flights on April 28 and April 30 which will bring back over 450 citizens.

IndiGo on Friday confirmed that it is operating two flights from Saudi Arabia's Jeddah to Delhi and Bengaluru respectively as a part of Operation Kaveri to bring back stranded citizens from war-torn Sudan. In a statement, the airline said that it is operating two flights on April 28 and April 30 which will bring back over 450 citizens, reported news agency ANI.

IndiGo flight (REUTERS/ FILE)
IndiGo flight (REUTERS/ FILE)

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“The airline is operating these flights with A321 aircraft. IndiGo is closely liaising with the government to offer support for more such evacuation flights,” the airline's statement added.

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As the fighting between soldiers loyal to Sudanese army leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy, paramilitary Rapid Support Soldiers (RSF) commander Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, India launched ‘Operation Kaveri’ on April 24. Under this, the country has been rescuing its citizens from conflict zones in Khartoum and other troubled areas to Port Sudan from where they are being taken to Jeddah.

Earlier in the day, the 11th batch of 135 stranded passengers took off from conflict-torn Sudan for Jeddah via an Indian Air Force C-130J flight. Meanwhile, the third batch of 362 Indian evacuees landed in Delhi from Jeddah as well.

Also read: Operation Kaveri: IAF’s woman pilot helps elderly board C-17 Globemaster during Sudan evacuation. Watch

According to the website of the Indian embassy in Khartoum, there were around 2,800 Indian nationals in Sudan. Along with this, there was also a settled Indian community of around 1,200 people - which has been in the country for nearly 150 years.

(With inputs from ANI)

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