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New Delhi, March 14, 2020
National carrier Air India has sent an aircraft to Milan, Italy, to bring back Indians stranded there due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Accordingly, the national carrier's special ferry flight took-off from New Delhi on Saturday afternoon.
It is expected to bring back over 200 Indians, mostly students, who have been stranded in Milan.
As per a senior Air India official, the flight operated on a Boeing 787 is expected to arrive back in India early Sunday afternoon.
The airline has already suspended operations on the Delhi-Rome and Delhi-Milan routes till March 28.
Besides, the airline had on March 9 said that in accordance with the circular of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, in addition to visa restrictions already in place, passengers travelling from or having visited Italy or South Korea and entering India will need a certificate of negative test for COVID-19 from labs authorised by these countries.
Earlier, Air India had cancelled flights to Shanghai from January 31 to February 14 and to Hong Kong from February 7 until March 28. Air India last month extended the suspension of Delhi-Shanghai and Delhi-Hong Kong services till June 30.