National carrier Air India on Monday was put on alert by the government for possible operation of special flights to the west Asian nation of Yemen which has been facing turbulence and internal violence. “AI has been sounded out and asked to be ready for possible operation of special flights to Yemen,” aviation sources confirmed to this newspaper on Monday. Air India had earlier operated special flights to Egypt and Libya (during turmoil there) to transport desperate Indians back home.
Just late last week, the ministry of external affairs had stated, “Keeping in view the evolving situation and the increase in violent incidents in Yemen, all Indian nationals living in the country are advised to exit the country through whatever commercial means available. Till such time they are able to exit, Indian nationals are also advised not to venture out except under absolutely unavoidable circumstances. The embassy of India will continue to function in Sana’a and can be contacted for any assistance by Indian nationals till such time they are able to exit the country.”
But it remains to be seen whether the national airline will operate special flights to Yemen wherein passengers will have to pay for the journey back home or whether these will be evacuation flights. Asian Age