Private travel company based in Auckland Mann Travel on Friday, August 28 ferried 285 stranded Indian nationals via a charter flight to New Delhi, India.

Under the Indian government’s Vande Bharat Mission, the first and only flight under Phase 5 took off on Tuesday, August 25, with over 220 passengers, but there were still a huge number of stranded Indian nationals who were not able to purchase tickets on the Air India flight.

A private player from Auckland, Mann Travel New Zealand arranged a private charter flight from Auckland to New Delhi for August 28, the NOC (No Objection Certificate) of which was issued by High Commission of India in NZ on August 26.

Mann Travel partnered with Malaysia Airlines for the charter flight transiting through Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

“Once we received the provisional NOC from the High Commission of India, we opened our e-ticketing portal which was sold out by noon on Friday, August 28, the day of the flight departure,” a spokesperson from Mann Travel told The Indian Weekender.

Two hundred eighty-five passengers booked the private charter flight from Auckland who was assisted by Mann Travels staff at the airport, and the flight departed around 11:30 p.m. on August 28, reaching New Delhi, India on Saturday, August 29, after 10 a.m. (India Time).