MUMBAI: Private carrier Go First on Friday said it has operated first evacuation flight to New Delhi from Budapest in Hungary to bring back 177 Indian evacuees from war-hit Ukraine.
The city-based airline also said it will operate two flights every till March 10 as part of the Operation Ganga mission.
The first evacuation flight of Go First from Budapest departed at 5.58 pm (local time) on Thursday and arrived in New Delhi at 9.20 am (local time) on Friday with 177 passengers onboard, the airline said in a statement.
For the evacuation, the flight had departed from New Delhi at 10:30 am (local time) on Thursday and landed at Budapest via Kuwait at 4 am (local time), it said.
“This is a massive humanitarian crisis. Go First will support Indians with many more evacuation flights that are required to help Indians return to their loved ones.
“The airline has always been at the forefront and stands committed to providing our services during a crisis situation for helping our fellow citizens when they need it the most,” said Go First CEO Kaushik Khona.
The city-based airline said it will also endeavour to provide any additional flights as the Ministry of External Affairs may require.
Ukraine’s airspace has been closed since February 24 and India is evacuating its citizens by special flights from the eastern European country’s western neighbours like Romania, Hungary and Poland.