Kuwait to Mangalore – First ever charter flight for Kannadigas
First Ever Jazeera Airways Charter flight Flown to Mangalore.
United Karnataka Associations of Kuwait in association with Akbar travels Kuwait successfully operated the first ever charter flight from Kuwait to Mangalore on 17th June 2020 with 165 passengers, giving distressed Kannadigas the opportunity to travel back home. It is really a dream come true for the distressed Kannadigas from Coastal Karnataka.
The Jazeera Airways charter flight took off around 10:40am from Kuwait International Airport – Terminal no.5 and estimated time of arrival at Mangalore Airport is 5:05pm. All the association leaders and Akbar Travels Team wished all passengers a safe and pleasant journey back home. Being a Kannadigas we felt proud when the flight took off around 1040 am. It was really a nice moment to watch our beloved Kannadigas brothers and sister happy smiling. This mission would not have possible without the support of Karnataka State government, Government of India, Government of the State of Kuwait, Indian Embassy in Kuwait, DC office in Mangalore, entire Team Jazeera and all the Associations who collaborated and worked hard together to make this operation a successful.
From the time Indian government announced Vande Bharath Mission, All Karnataka associations came together under one banner ‘United Karnataka Associations of Kuwait’. We contacted all possible contacts in central and state governments with the request to take back distressed people of Karnataka. Many of them had serious medical condition and needed urgent attention, some have lost jobs and without any money from last 3-4 months, and few pregnant ladies. In this wait to go back to their home country, few have lost their life and few are hospitalized. With all the hardships in front of our eyes, we worked tirelessly with the hope of flying needy Kannadigas back home safely. We will continue our efforts to ease the difficulties of Kannadigas.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude and special Thanks to Regional Manager of Akbar travels Mr. Shaikh Abdulla & team, Mr. Ramesh S. Bhandary (Tulu Koota Kuwait) for taking the lead, Mr. Stevan Rego (KCWA), Mr. Rajesh Vittal (Kannada Koota), Mr. Guruprasad Hegde(BSK) And senior management of Jazeera Airways, Mrs. Sindhu Roopesh – DC Mangalore, Dr. Yatish Ullal from DC office & Mr. Manish from Quarantine department Mangalore for their outstanding support.
We would also like to thank Mr. S. M. Azar (KKMA), Mr. Krishna Poojari (Billav Sanga), Mr. Abdul Nasser Khan (KMWA), Mr. Jaffar Sadik (IMA), Mr. Raj Bhandary (BPP), Mr.Rajesh Mendon (MAK), Dr.Surendra Nayak (GSB) for their direct or indirect support.