Special AI flights bring 1034 Indians back home

Air India has brought back a total of 3,262 passengers from Libya so far.

New Delhi: A total of 1,034 Indians arrived here by three special flights of Air India Thursday from strife-torn Libya, taking the number of evacuees from the north African country to 3,262.

Today, the first special flight (AI-160), an Airbus 330 aircraft carrying 251 passengers and 10 infants, landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here at around 2.20am, an airline official said.
The second flight (AI-180), a Boeing 747-400, brought 380 Indians at 07.40am while the third one (AI-170), also a Boeing 747-400, landed at 01.15pm with 393 passengers on board, the official said.

Air India has brought back a total of 3,262 passengers from Libya so far and has sent three more aircraft — two Boeing 747-400s and an Airbus 330 — this morning for Tripoli to airlift Indians still stranded there.

From today, private carriers also joined the evacuation exercise along with the flag carrier, following directions from the Government.

Jet Airways will be sending a 170-seater Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Djerba in Tunisia from Mumbai to bring back around 1,400 Indians who have reached there and are housed in local hotels by Indian Embassy personnel.

Also, Kingfisher operated a flight, an Airbus 321 with a seating capacity of 196, from here for Borg-el-Arab airport in Alexandria in Egypt to bring back Indians who have crossed over to that country.

Yesterday, the national carrier had brought back a total of 1,045 Indians in three batches from the strife-torn country.