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Combating coronavirus: Free charter flight spearheaded by Indian film star Mammooty to depart from Dubai on June 29

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on June 29, 2020 | Last updated on June 29, 2020 at 03.32 pm
Free, charter flight, spearheaded, Indian film star, Mammooty, depart, Dubai, June 29

(Picture retrieved from mammootty/Instagram)

So far, the media group has provided free air tickets to 590 needy passengers.

The third free charter flight, organised by Malayalam TV channel Kairali TV, is all set to depart from Dubai to Kochi today (Monday, June 29) at 10 pm, Khaleej Times has learnt.

The special flights are being organised by Kairali TV, under the leadership of its chairman megastar Mammootty. So far, the television channel has helped repatriate a total of 590 passengers from the UAE to Kerala, and are in the process of distributing 410 more free tickets to needy persons stranded across Gulf countries.

The television channel had pledged 1,000 free tickets to cash-strapped expatriates awaiting repatriation in May this year. "However, we have exceeded the 1,000 free tickets limit," said Kairali TV Middle East director, news and programs EM Ashraf. He said, "On Monday, an Indigo Airlines flight is departing at 10 pm from Dubai to Kochi. This is the third free charter flight organised by us."

"The first Air India charter flight flew to Thiruvananthapuram, and the second and third charter flights to Kochi," he added. Ashraf said priority has been given to individuals who arrived in the UAE on visit visas, including aged parents who came to the Gulf to meet their kids.

"A lot of the passengers are blue-collared workers who have lost their jobs, and a few white-collared workers as well. Some have medical emergencies as well," he explained. The list of passengers has been vetted by social groups and all passengers are registered on the UAE Indian diplomatic missions' websites as well as the Norka registration portal.

Several businessmen, companies, and community groups are now organizing free charter flights to India. Jiji Varghese, Managing Director of J&J Marketing LLC Dubai is arranging a free charter flight to repatriating 185 Indians from Dubai to Kochi on July 3. 


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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