Air India will operate three flights to Romanian capital Bucharest and one flight to Hungarian capital Budapest to evacuate Indians stranded in Ukraine due to a Russian military offensive against it, senior government officials said.
As per PTI report, Indian nationals who have reached the Ukraine-Romania border and Ukraine-Hungary border by road will be taken to Bucharest and Budapest, respectively, by Indian government officials so that they can be evacuated in the Air India flights, they added.
The Ukrainian airspace was closed for civil aircraft by the country’s authorities Thursday morning and therefore, the evacuation flights are operating out of Bucharest and Budapest.
Air India said on Twitter on Friday night that it will be operating B787 aircraft from Delhi and Mumbai to Bucharest and Budapest on February 26 (Saturday) as special government charter flights to fly back stranded Indian citizens.
Earlier in the day, officials had said that Air India would operate two flights on Friday, but it was not immediately clear why they did not take off.
The Indian embassy in Ukraine on Friday said it is working to establish evacuation routes from Romania and Hungary.
“At present, teams are getting in place at the following check points: Chop-Zahony Hungarian border near Uzhhorod, Porubne-Siret Romanian border near Chernivtsi,” it said.