27 Apr 2020

Second of three repatriation flights from India enroute to Christchurch

6:34 pm on 27 April 2020

Nearly 200 people on a government-assisted flight from India are due to arrive in Christchurch tonight.

Commercial airline. Passenger plane landing at airport with beautiful sunset  sky and clouds. Arrival flight. Airplane flying in a line for landing. Aircraft open light in the evening flight.

Photo: 123rf.com

The government said it has helped to bring home almost 1300 New Zealanders and their families home via government or private repatriation flights.

It said the flight with 199 people that left Mumbai this morning at 9.30am (NZ time) was the second of three from India which combined make it the largest and most complex efforts yet to get New Zealanders home.

The final flight is scheduled to depart New Delhi on Thursday.

The government said it would keep providing consular assistance and look for other transport options for the hundreds of New Zealanders who could not get on the India flights.

About 50 New Zealanders from around South America are due to depart Argentina and Chile today on two Australian-chartered flights.

A further 43 people are due from Thailand today and 21 arrived from Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Another New Zealand Defence Force tropical cyclone Harold relief flight to Vanuatu is scheduled for Tuesday. Expressions of interest are being sought from New Zealanders for repatriation on the return flight.

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs