Those days were very hard when Indian people were stuck in Australia, unable to return home due to pandemic forced the borders to be closed. Then Gaura Travel came and for rescuing people and flew around 10,000 people families back in India. On February 5th,2021 Ashwini Sonthalia and his brother Abhishek of Gaura Travel streamed into the room at ‘Mint O Mustard of Dockland’ in Melbourne memorialized a feat that wouldn’t have been possible a few months ago.
There were many passengers who got trapped due to pandemic but Gaura Travel brothers helped to save them and lift them back to India safely. The brothers narrated a heart touching story of a few among the 10,000 people left in Australia due to pandemic. Gaura Travel started chartered flights to Delhi and other parts of India following the Vande Bharat Mission(VBM), which the Indian government launched to help people who were stuck across the world including Australia. Akash Vijay Rajput, a student who had completed his five year studies. He was booked to fly to Mumbai in economy class, but Gaura Travel gave him a free upgrade into business class.
Statiscally, 18,000 flew out from Melbourne, 15000 by chartered flights and 3,000 under VBM with Air India flying and Gaura Travel accounted for 10,000 people. Amazing job said by Mr Kumar and chairman Mr Arun Sharma also cherished their efforts commending Ashwini and Abhishek for “human face”, they imparted to their business when it was most required. You should be proud of them, he said, addressing their mother, Mrs Renu Sonthaliawho was also present, to be greeted by the round of great applause. Abhishek recalled about those days and remembered how he and his team had become the barrier of the families. He said about attending all the needs of the travellers, from carrying their bags to fulfilling their every basic needs.
Speaking at the get-together, the Consul General Of India in Melbourne, Mr Raj Kumar remembered about the days when Gaura Travel started their chartered flights to Delhi and other parts of India. Abhishek said that the idea of starting chartered flights came from Dr. Jagvinder Singh Virk, who had operated the first chartered flight from Sydney in April. He also remembered the beautiful thought said by Mr Kumar that ‘You will get many opportunities to earn money, but this is the time where you can earn blessings’ and for the brothers that was inspiration enough to go ahead and they just did exactly the same. It was not about flying, it was all about reuniting the families. So, what next, someone asked of Ashwini. Surprisingly the reply was,”25000″. What more would you expect from someone who always thinks ahead. Flight of faith, shall we say? Said by Ashwini.