Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has funded another chartered flight to assist fly over 170 migrant workers to Dehradun in Uttrakhand from the town, in an plane operated by finances airline AirAsia India. The Airbus A320 aircraft with 173 migrants onboard left from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) at round 1.57 pm, an AirAsia India spokesperson advised PTI. It landed on the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun at 4.41 pm, the spokesperson stated.
“As another charter flight takes flight today, our efforts to help migrant workers stranded in various parts of the country have only grown stronger.
“Most of them have by no means had the chance to expertise air journey, and the grins on their faces brings me lots of pleasure as they take this AirAsia India flight to succeed in house to their households and pals,” said Sood.
The Bollywood actor also said he was looking forward to more such flights in the near future.
Sood had last week arranged a special chartered flight for 167 migrant workers stuck in Kerala to help them reach their homes in Odisha.
Anup Manjeshwar, head of sales and distribution, AirAsia India said “with ‘UmeedKiUdaan’ (constitution flights for migrants) our efforts are aimed toward uniting stranded migrant workers with their households, because the nation battles the pandemic.”
The plight of migrant workers during this crisis has been heartbreaking, he said, adding Sood has been a pillar of strength in these testing times and has come forward to support airlifting stranded migrants from Mumbai to Dehradun with the airline’s charter flights.
“The resounding response that we obtained nationwide for this initiative, taking migrant workers house from Mumbai, Imphal, Guwahati and Kochi is a catalyst motivating us to do much more,” he said.
“This is the sixth constitution flight now we have undertaken with extra on the horizon and we stay up for working with different like-minded people and organisations eager on supporting migrant communities,” Manjeshwar added.