Air India mounts flights to Romania, Hungary to evacuate stranded Indians


New Delhi: As hostilities continue between Russia and Ukraine, the Tata Group-led Air India will mount direct flights to Romania and Hungary for bringing back stranded Indians.

Romania and Hungary share land borders with Ukraine.

With Ukraine closing its airspace, the government is making arrangements to send Air India flights on Saturday, from Delhi and Mumbai, to Bucharest in Romania and Budapest in Hungary. Sources said operation of these flights is subject to approvals from authorities in Romania and Hungary.

India is seeking to evacuate its nationals through Ukraine’s land borders with Hungary, Poland, Slovak Republic and Romania, from where they will be flown home.

Air India will operate two flights, one each from Delhi and Mumbai, to Bucharest (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary) on Saturday as special government charter flights.

These flights will be operated on Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft which have a capacity of 254 passengers per plane.

Hundreds of Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine due to a Russian military offensive are moving to neighbouring countries like Romania, Poland, Hungary in anticipation to get out of the region.

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