GoAir achieves its next milestone, clocks 500+ International Charter Flights, Repatriates 80,000+ stranded Indians
India, 05 October 2020: GoAir, India’s most trusted airline, marked the completion of over 500 flights since lockdown till 27 September, 2020. Continuing with its commitment to support the stranded fellow countrymen overseas in the current scenario, GoAir has repatriated 80,651 stranded Indians. GoAir started the repatriation flights on 10th June and gradually ramped up its operations with a combination of Vande Bharat Mission flights, private international charters and Air Bubble operations.
As of 27th September, the airline flew more than 500 international charters – including 21 Vande Bharat Mission flights and 60 Air Bubble operations that repatriated 80,000+ stranded Indians – from the Gulf countries to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Goa, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kochi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Kannur, Bhubaneshwar, Kochi, Amritsar, Tiruchirappalli and Gaya. As part of the Air Bubble operations, GoAir has operated flights from Dubai to Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi and Kannur in India.
Commenting on the milestone, Mr. Kaushik Khona, Chief Executive Officer, GoAir, said, “We are pleased to continue our endeavours towards repatriation efforts - be it Vande Bharat Mission, international private charters or Air Bubble operations, as we continue to bring Indian citizens back home. GoAir 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. GoAir’s cockpit crew, cabin crew, airport staff and various other teams have put in phenomenal efforts to fly back our stranded fellow citizens and reunite them with their families. GoAir will be supporting the Government of India with many more Vande Bharat Mission flights, private charter flights as well as Air Bubble operations that are required to help Indians return to their loved ones”.
Saudi Arabia has emerged as the top destination for GoAir repatriation flights, followed by Kuwait, UAE, Qatar and Oman. GoAir operated 255 flights between Saudi Arabia and India and repatriated 45,443 passengers. Within Saudi Arabia, the city of Dammam remained on top with 117 flights that repatriated 20,870 stranded Indians. GoAir operated 100 flights from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and repatriated 17,802 stranded Indians. In addition, 82 flights of GoAir from Kuwait repatriated 14,317 stranded Indians. With regards to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), GoAir operated 35 repatriation flights from Dubai and 22 flights from Abu Dhabi wherein 6,271 and 3,902 Indians returned home, respectively. GoAir operated 26 flights from Doha in Qatar and repatriated 4,605 stranded Indians, while 34 flights from Muscat in Oman repatriated 6,113 stranded Indians.
GoAir is the aviation foray of India’s 283-year-old Wadia Group that comprises leading brands including 156-year-old Bombay Burmah, 140-year-old Bombay Dyeing, 101-year-old Britannia Ltd., 65-year-old National Peroxide Limited, the decade old Bombay Realty and many others.
The 14-year old airline has flown 81.27 million passengers since its inception in 2005. Go Air has topped the chart for best OTP for 15 months in a row till Nov'19. GoAir’s Load Factor continuously ranked number 2 for 4 years starting FY16-17 till FY 19-20. Go Air also ranked number 2 for least number of cancellations till November 2019 in the FY 2019-20.
Go Air has won several Awards and Recognition over the past several years and some of the prestigious awards for 2019 includes SEAC Customer Engagement Award for Digital Marketing Campaign, Asia's Most Trusted Brand 2019, IBC Corporation, USA 2019, APEX- Four Star Low Cost Carrier, APEX Passenger's Choice Award for Best Cabin Service & Best Seat Comfort, Andaman Tourism Award - Best Airline for best on-time performance, India's Most Trusted Brand Award 2019, IBC Corporation, USA 2019, India's Greatest Brand 2018-19: Pride of Nation, AsiaOne 2019 and more.
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