More than 7,400 Indians are expected to return to India in the next two days on special flights from Ukraine's neighbouring nations, according to the Civil Aviation Ministry.
According to the ministry's announcement, 17 flights would be operated on Friday by Indian carriers- Air India Express, Air India, SpiceJet, IndiGo, Vistara, and Go First.
Since the Ukrainian airspace has been closed since February 24 owing to the Russian military operation, India has begun evacuating its citizens through special aircraft from Ukraine's western neighbours such as Romania, Hungary, and Poland.
The number of civilian planes is being increased, and around 7,400 individuals are scheduled to be evacuated through special planes in the next two days, according to the ministry's statement.
On Friday, 3,500 individuals are likely to be returned to India, and over 3,900 on Saturday, according to the report.
Since February 22, India has brought back 6,998 people on special planes, including those handled by the Indian Air Force (IAF), according to the government.
It was revealed that 13 evacuation planes are expected to return to India on Thursday, 10 by Indian airlines and three by the Indian Air Force.
India has launched ‘Operation Ganga’, a huge rescue operation to bring Indian citizens stranded in Ukraine. The Ministry of External Affairs is working closely with the Ministry of Civil Aviation to send Indian students back to India as quickly as possible.
Indian Airlines is devoting resources to expediting the evacuation procedure. Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Jyotiraditya M Scindia, Karen Rijiju and Gen V K Singh have travelled to Ukraine’s border countries to support and monitor the evacuation.