AGENCIES, New Delhi: In spite of their pay cut, the Air India crew evacuated 263 Indians from Italy in view of the COVID-19 outbreak there on Sunday and sent to an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) quarantine facility, officials said.
“The special flight had 263 passengers. It landed at around 10 am at Delhi airport from Rome,” an Air India official said.
The Air India flight had taken off from the Delhi airport on Saturday.
“All the 263 people are being taken to our quarantine centre in Chhawla area of south-west Delhi after thermal screening and immigration at the tarmac,” an ITBP spokesperson said.
After the flight landed in India, the Air India authorities appealed to people to express their gratitude towards the team who rescued the stuck Indians risking their lives.
“We would like to appeal to all, particularly the law enforcement agencies,to ensure that AirIndia crew are treated with respect and freedom that every citizen deserves, especially those who have been discharging their duties in selfless manner for return of fellow Indians,” Air India tweeted.
After that twitteratis flooded the social media with appreciation posts.
All Medical Services professionals
Team Air India
MEA & Indian Embassies & High Commissions globally
The Common Indian fighting Coronavirus
I want to say something to you that has always been said only to soldiers.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE
— Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) (@majorgauravarya) March 22, 2020
The ITBP quarantine already has 215 Indians housed since March 15 after they were similarly evacuated by a special Air India flight from Rome.
The facility has earlier hosted two such batches of Indians and foreigners who were brought back from Wuhan in China in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.