664 passengers in three flights land in Mumbai airport from Yemen

Apr 05, 2015, 07:00 IST | Neha LM Tripathi

The passengers, evacuated from port city of Aden by INS Sumitra, were put on flights from Djibouti to Mumbai and Cochin

In the second round of Yemen-based Indians being transported back to the country safely, 664 passengers travelled in three flights that landed in Mumbai in the early hours of Saturday.

The three aircrafts brought people from Djibouti, after being evacuated by the Indian Naval ship Sumitra from Aden, the port city of Yemen. Two Indian Air Force flights IFC 1315 landed with 179 passengers, and flight IFC 1415 with 155 passengers onboard, and an Air India flight AI 170 carrying 224 passengers reached Mumbai International terminal post midnight.

Sekhar Channa, District Collector and External Affairs officials received them at Mumbai’s International Terminal. The group, which included nurses, was provided railway tickets from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and snacks by Central Railway officials.

Apart from free travel arrangements made by the Central Railway, they were given Rs 2,000 each by the Kerala government at the terminal. As per sources at the Mumbai Airport, around 334 passengers have landed in Mumbai and the remaining 330 in Cochin. These passengers were back on Saturday as part of the second batch that safely flew to the country.

During the first round of evacuations on Friday morning, INS Sumitra had carried 349 people of whom 190 had landed in Mumbai and the remaining in Cochin. Approximately 3,000 Indians are yet to be evacuated.

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