249 British tourists stranded in Goa left for Manchester in a special flight early Wednesday.
Martin Joseph, who runs a charter company Freedom Holidays, arranged to ferry back 249 UK tourists along with TUI Airways, a Britain-based chartered travel company.
He said that the central government made special exception for the exit of the stranded tourists.
“The 249 British tourists included those who had come to Goa by scheduled flights. India’s charter aviation policy mandates that only those who come by a chartered flight can return by a chartered flight. But in this case, the central government allowed all tourists to fly back,” Joseph whose company handles charter tourist operations, told reporters.
After the departure of the flight, the official Twitter handle of Goa’s Dabolim International Airport said: “Matter of relief that guests shall be safe home amid COVID-19 crisis. AAI (Airport Authority of India) committed for service. Bon voyage”.