Over 177 Indian Nationals in Bahrain returned to Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala yesterday. Air India Express flight (AIE) IX 0474 departed from Bahrain 177 passengers that included 32 pregnant ladies,34 medical emergency cases, 16 senior citizens, 37 children and 5 infants.

Over 175 passengers on board Air India Express flight from Bahrain landed in at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Tuesday as well.

India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has prepared a protocol that is mandatory for everyone to follow who will be aboard a flight back to India. Amongst all those stranded overseas, the SOP mentions that priority travel will be enabled for “compelling cases in distress”.

These cases comprise international students, migrant workers/ labourers who have been laid off, short-term visa holders faced with an expiry of visas, persons with a medical emergency, pregnant women, the elderly, and those who have had a death in their family in India.

On Friday alone, three flights operated service to Kerala from Gulf Countries. Dubai-Kochi, Bahrain-Thiruvananthapuram and Muscat-Kannur. The government on Thursday said its mega mission to evacuate stranded Indians from abroad will continue till June 13 and the extended phase will cover 47 countries.