Last Updated: March 02, 2021, 2024 hrs IST

Vande Bharat Mission was launched to bring back stranded Indians from foreign destinations due to Covid-19 restrictions. Earlier this month, the eighth phase of the mission was initiated and is currently in progress.

India has repatriated more than six million people under the Vande Bharat Mission, Union minister of civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday.

The mission began with 64 flights and about 12,800 passengers on 6 May 2020.

Meanwhile, the Union minister earlier said that domestic air traffic was inching closer to pre-Covid levels with 2,90,518 passengers travelling on 2,360 flights on Friday. On February 28, the number of domestic passengers rose to 3,13,668 which was the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on May 25 last year. Number of domestic passengers on February 28, 2021, rose to 3,13,668 on 2,353 flights.

“Total flight movements on February 28, 2021, were 4,699. The total number of footfalls on airports was 6,17,824,” the ministry also said in the statement.

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