The board of the airlines has approved a scheme for sending employees on leave without pay for a time period ranging from six months to two years which can be extended up to five years. It has authorised chairman Rajiv Bansal to send employees on the leave without pay.
India commenced Vande Bharat Mission operation on May 7 to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus lockdown. India has evacuated over 5.03 lakh stranded Indians from abroad till Friday.
Under the scheme, upto 90 per cent of loan for starting such enterprises will be given by banks. Government has also extended an Interest subvention of 3 per cent on all such loans under the scheme.
Air India will operate five flights in the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate almost 1,200 Indians nationals stranded in the United Kingdom between June 18 to June 23.
The phased evacuation is being carried out under phase 2 of the Government of India's ambitious 'Vande Bharat' mission which started on May 16.
More than 57,000 citizens have returned to India on flights being operated under Vande Bharat Mission since May 6.
The flight AI-1945 returned to Delhi at about 12.30 pm and now the crew will be quarantined as per norms. It departed from Delhi as a ferry flight (no passenger) to bring back stranded Indians from Moscow.
The bench asked whether there is no difference between international and domestic flights, to which Mehta responded by saying there is no difference.
Under the second phase of Vande Bharat Mission a total of 149 flights, including feeder flights, will be operated to bring back Indians from 40 countries.
In the first week of ‘Vande Bharat’ mission, more than 6,000 Indians have been flown back in 31 flights operated by Air India and Air India Express since May 7.