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Direct sale of Vande Bharat mission tickets begins today Filed on June 29, 2020 | Last updated on June 29, 2020 at 06.36 am
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Those who fulfil conditions can book their tickets directly on Air India's website or through the booking offices.

Indian expats who have registered with the Indian missions in the UAE can secure seats on the Vande Bharat mission on a first-come-first-serve basis if they fulfil mandatory conditions to return home, the Indian embassy has announced.

They can book their tickets directly on Air India's website or through the airline's booking offices in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Ajman that are managed by general sales agent Arabian Travel Agency. Tickets can also be booked through authorised Air India Express ticketing agents in Dubai, the embassy said on a social media post.

The direct sale of tickets would be available from 7pm, June 28 onwards in flights on the fourth phase of Vande Bharat mission scheduled between July 3 and July 14, 2020.

Air India will be conducting 170 flights to and from 17 countries under the fourth phase of the mission. The fourth phase will focus on the Gulf, where a large number of expatriates have registered with Indian embassies to take advantage of special repatriation flights.

The Vande Bharat Mission to help stranded Indian citizens return home started on May 6. Currently in its seventh week, it has so far brought back 364,209 Indians from over 50 countries across 5 continents,  according to Indian government sources.

Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a journalist by profession and a humanist by passion. Her cluttered desk is not indicative of her state of mind.

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