Cochin International airport handled 322 arrival relief flights during the three phases of Vande Bharath Mission evacuating 55,293 passengers till 30th June. The airport has a reason to smile amid the grim situation as it received flights from countries which were intact in pre -pandemic years.
The very first flight of the Vande Bharath Mission in the country had arrived at Kochi airport on 07th May. Till 30th June, the airport received 322 repatriation flights (640 movements) which together brought in 55,293 passengers. Air India and Air India Express carried out more than 100 relief operations. Besides repatriation flight operations carried out by Air India Express and Air lines like Qatar Airways, Kuwait Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Gulf Air, Jazeera, Saudia, Fly Dubai from GCC countries, Air India operated special flights from San Fransico and Chicago in the US and Paris ,London, Armenia and Moscow in Europe , Cebu in the Philippines ,Ho-Chi Min City, Vietnam and Djibouti in Africa. Apart from these Britsh Airways, Swiss Air joined the repatriation drive for transporting their citizens from Kochi and Qatar Airways and Saudia operated special departed flights for taking as many as 1500 medical professionals from Kerala to various hospitals in respective countries. During this period CIAL hosted Air Peace from Nigeria, Air Malta from Republic of Malta, Somon air from Tajikistan, DAT Air from Denmark, Air Astana from Tajikstan, Iraq Airways from Iraq, Salam Air from Oman, Maldivian from Male, Ethiopian From Ethiopia, Onur Air from Moldova and Azur air from Ukraine,
Since 25 May, when the Ministry of Civil Aviation permitted calibrated operations in the domestic sector, CIAL handled 822 arrival/departure operations. 38,112 domestic passengers arrived at the airport and 30,033 departed.