The Government of Nepal has extended the scheduled flight to evacuate Nepalese stranded abroad again for third time in a week. Since Wednesday, there’ve been 42 evacuation flights arriving from six nations.
According to the Covid-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC), the rescue flight will commence next Wednesday(July 15), and proceed until Tuesday, July 21. Nepali citizens need to be rescued from the UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Riyadh, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Sharjah, and Malaysia as per the project plan released publicly by CCMC.
The CCMC further stated that the program was publicly disclosed in compliance with Friday’s Board of Director’s decision presided by Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel. The government has announced regular commercial flights suspended until July 21.
Today is the last day of the government’s initiative to repatriate stranded Nepalis across various countries because of COVID-19. The Government halted the flight for two days before the rescue flight’s of third phase began. The Government would then evaluate the inadequacies through rescue flights over this two days.
CCMC granted approval to Nepal Airlines for operating 16 flights from 10 airports in 6 countries, and also 16 for Himalayan Airlines.
Likewise, Air Arabia has received two flights under international carriers, Fly-Dubai 2 and Malaysia’s Malindo Air 4.
Qatar and Turkish Air, that was already on rescue flights, are not implicated in the rescue operation’s in third phase. Qatar and Turkey carried Nepalis stranded during the first and second phases from Europe and the United States to Nepal.
The government has banned international and commercial flights with an aim of preventing the covid-19 epidemic. The government has consistently suspended flights until July 21. Charter flights are generally getting operated internally, as decided by the Board of Directors of CCMC.
The Covid-19 Crisis Management response team has asserted that from 159 rescue flights through 24 countries till Wednesday, at least 26,000 Nepalis have arrived in Nepal via Tribhuvan International Airport. The rescue flight had begun on 10 June by the government of Nepal.