Air India evacuates more than 1300 people from Jammu & Kashmir
New Delhi, September 15, 2014 (STAT):-Living up to its reputation of responding to the call of the nation in times of need every time, Air India has once again stepped forward to evacuate stranded people from the flood affected Jammu and Kashmir and also send relief supplies. The airline has carried 44 tons of relief material to Srinagar and also brought back more than 1300 stranded people from Srinagar and Leh, all free of charge (FOC) since 10th September 2014. On 10th September 2014, the airlines operated a relief flight with an Airbus 330 aircraft and evacuated 258 people apart from carrying 135 passengers free of charge, on its scheduled flight. On 11th September 2014, Air India operated an early relief flight to Leh to bring back 122 passengers who could reach the higher station as all roads from Srinagar were closed but the Leh highway was still open. Later during the day it operated another relief flight to Srinagar and returned to Delhi with 265 passengers FOC. This was in addition to 230 passengers carried FOC on board its scheduled flight from Srinagar. Today, the 12th September 2014, Air India operated three flights carrying 336 passengers free of charge, taking the total number of evacuees to 1346. This is in addition to 21 sorties operated in the J&K region transporting military personnel FOC to Srinagar and Leh. In addition to evacuation of people, Air India has also transported a total of 44 tons of relief material to Srinagar. On 10th September 2014, it had carried seven tons,on the 11th September - 21 tons and today it transported 16 tons. Helpline for NGOs To facilitate registered NGOs to send relief material to the state Air India has set up dedicated helplines at IGI Airport, New Delhi. Helpline +918826294660 / 8826294661 ; +91 11 25652635 Registered NGOs which would like to send mineral water and cooked items only as relief material to the state, free of cost, may contact the following Helpline numbers for details. No uncooked items will be accepted. All passengers and relief material have been carried totally free of cost by Air India. Air India has always been fulfilling its social responsibility during calamities and natural disasters. The role played by Air India during the Gulf evacuation, Bhuj earthquake, Tsunami in Southern States and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and snowfall in Leh in August 2010 etc are etched in the history of India. Air India’s Gulf evacuation operations also earned it a name in the Guinness Book of World Records.