India’s ultra-rich are fleeing abroad, especially in the UAE, Thailand and the UK, by private jets as the country struggles with a record number of new cases and deaths. Rich Indians, who can pierce travel and quarantine bans in this way, pay 31 dollars (about 250 thousand lira) for a 6-person jet and 138 thousand dollars (about 1 million 140 thousand lira) to go to England. On the other hand, he sought a last resort in the military in India, the epicenter of an epidemic that caused the health system to collapse and caused a terrible oxygen shortage. In this context, it was stated that oxygen in military facilities and retired military medical workers will be transferred to civilian hospitals.
The total corona virus deaths in India reached 200 thousand milestones, with 2 thousand 771 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. However, during this period, the country recorded 323 thousand 144 new cases, hospitals rejected patients due to a shortage of beds and oxygen supply.
On the other hand, the government has called on its armed forces to help overcome the devastating crisis. Defense Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat announced that oxygen from the army reserve will be sent to hospitals and retired military medical personnel will join health facilities.
India has become the new epicenter of the pandemic that has devastated the country’s health system and crematoriums for the last two years and caused a dire oxygen shortage. However, the alarming numbers are driving wealthy Indians to pay thousands for last-minute flights and private jets as travel restrictions come into effect.
The most popular route for wealthy Indians is the United Arab Emirates, which is a short distance from India. Although the UAE announced a 10-day ban on flights from India as of April 25, private jets were not affected.
A spokesperson for the charter company Air Charter Service India told AFP that the interest in private jets is “absolutely insane”, saying, “We have 12 flights to Dubai tomorrow, and each flight is fully booked.”
Another private jet provider, Enthrall Aviation, stated that they have received hundreds of requests in the past few days. The company spokesperson said, “He demanded more aircraft from abroad to meet the demand. Renting a 13-person plane from Mumbai to Dubai costs 38 thousand dollars (approximately 314 thousand liras), and renting a six-person jet costs 31 thousand dollars (approximately 250 thousand liras). “We made several flights to Thailand as well. But mostly the demand is towards Dubai,” he said.
According to the Sunday Times, at least eight private jets have flown in the past 24 hours to Britain, which has closed its borders to India. It is estimated that the rental price of the jets for a nine-hour flight may cost more than $ 138 thousand ((about 1 million 140 thousand lira).
On the other hand, experts are concerned about the scale of variants and the reach of destruction in India due to lack of infrastructure. In particular, it is stated that one person dies every four minutes in the state of Delhi, which has a population of 20 million, where the epidemic hit the hardest in the country.
On the other hand Turkey, Britain, Germany and many other countries had offered assistance to India, including the United States.
In this context, the shipment of many medical supplies from the UK, including 100 ventilators and 95 oxygen concentrators, arrived in Delhi early this morning.
France announced that oxygen generators that can provide year-round oxygen for 250 beds are on their way to India.