As the number of evacuees facilitated by CIAL comes close to 10,000, the airport is gearing up to receive more flights from new sectors from Cairo in Egypt to Cebu in The Philippines. Apart from the National carrier, a number of private airlines and chartered airlines have already approached the authorities to obtain necessary approvals for operating evacuation flights to Kochi.
The Vande Bharath Mission had a head start in the country with the first airline touched down at Cochin International Airport on 07th May 2020. Till 31 May, the airport handled 8554 inbound passengers; majorly from GCC, US and EU. Air India and Air India Express together operated 48 flights. Air India also operated stop over flights from San Francisco, Yerevan and Kiev. The airport received 12 special flights operated by the national carriers of countries like Switzerland, United Kingdom, Maldives, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. They flew back to their countries with more than 1000 Citizens/Permanent Visa holders who were stranded over at Kochi Airport. A chartered flight operated by Air Peace from Lagos, Nigeria evacuated 312 persons to Kochi.
Both Air India and Air India express are planning more international flights from cities that remain intact so far. The Air India flight from the East African country Djibouti will land at Kochi airport at 1945 on 05 June. The National carrier will operate Vietnam-Bombay-Kochi flight on 07 June, Cairo-Bombay-Kochi flight on 16th, Kiev-Delhi-Kochi flight on 19th, London-Bombay-Kochi flight on 22, and Cebu(The Philippines)-Bombay-Chennai-Kochi flight on 23 June apart from their scheduled operations form the GCC. Air Malta is planning an evacuation operation from Malta on 09th June and British Airways flight is slated for 10th June.