First flight from Punjab en route to Canada

THE first flight from Amritsar, Punjab, carrying Canadians who had been stranded in India after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned international flights to contain the spread of COVID-19 is on the way to Canada, according to a tweet by Canadian High Commissioner in New Delhi, Nadir Patel, on Wednesday morning in India.

This is the fourth special flight with Canadians on their way home from India. Patel thanked all for their patience.

Nadir Patel

On Sunday, Patel had tweeted that for Canadians in Punjab, “we have now added special flights from Amritsar April 7th and 9th.” He added: “Details have been sent to those registered with us on ROCA.”

One person tweeted in reply to Patel’s tweet on Wednesday: “There are many, many others, please arrange for more flights, only half the seats get filled on each flight. My father is very close to Amritsar airport yet we have had no luck in securing a seat despite our desperate situation and countless attempts.”

Another tweeted: “This is good news. Hoping for additional repatriation flight for people still stuck in South India and wanting to get back to Canada as soon as possible.”