Second chartered flight carrying 181 Bhatkalis from Dubai to land in Mangaluru Airport tonight

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Quazi | Published on 7th July 2020, 4:50 PM | Coastal News | Gulf News |

Bhatkal: The second chartered flight from Dubai carrying 181 stranded people of Bhatkal and surrounding regions will take off from Ras Al Khaima International Airport to Mangaluru tonight, informed Mr. Atiqur Rahman Muniri, a well-known Bhatkali businessman, who have chartered the flight to repatriate people of Uttara Kannada from United Arab Emirates.

Speaking to SahilOnline, he said, SpiceJet operated chartered flight will fly to Mangaluru from Ras Al Khaimah airport, UAE at 7 PM (local time). The flight will land at Mangaluru Airport at around 1 AM. Special buses have been arranged for passengers from Dubai to reach Ras Al Khaimah Airport in UAE.

Further, he added saying that in Mangaluru, as usual, all the passengers will be welcomed by Bhatkali Jamaatul Muslimeen Mangaluru. Following the dinner, the Jamaat members will board the passengers for Bhatkal on five buses, after which the families among the passengers will be quarantined in a private hotel under the administration of the Majlise Islah Wa Tanzeem, while for others special arrangements have been made to quarantine them at Ali Public School located on Jamiaabad road in Bhatkal.

The flight will ferry 181 passengers including 6 infants, who will leave for Bhatkal today. Mr. Atiqur Rahman Muniri said that most of the passengers on the flight are pregnant women and the senior citizens, as well as people who have lost their jobs and are distressed due to the pandemic situation.

It may be recalled, Mr. Atiqur Rahman Muniri, in order to alleviate the plight of the people of Bhatkal and surrounding regions especially of Uttara Kannada district trapped due to the Coronavirus lockdown in Dubai and in the UAE, repatriated first convoy of 184 people on special chartered flight that landed in Mangaluru on June 13. Though more than five hundred people had requested to repatriate them home, all were not able to accommodate in first flight. Studying the problems of distressed people, Atiqur Rahman Muniri planned for second chartered flight. The second flight was scheduled to depart on June 23, but due to denial in permission to land in India, the next announced dates were June 27, which further got postponed to July 4. However, with all efforts, the second flight has been allowed to land at Mangalore Airport on July 7.

"The people of Uttara Kannada district have been given more priority in this flight, which includes residents of Bhatkal, Murdeshwar, Manki, Honnavar, Kumta, Saralgi and Sirsi. This time there were many difficulties due to repeated cancellations of the date by the Government of India, but the old comrades offered their full support this time as well", Mr. Atiqur Rahman said. 

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