Over 200 Infosys employees brought home aboard chartered flight

The Company organised a special flight to bring its employees and their families, stranded in US airports, back to Bengaluru, India.

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According to a LinkedIn post by one of Infosys’ employees, the information technology giant has brought back over 200 of its employees and their families in a chartered flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru.

The Company organised the flight exclusively for its stranded staff and families, so that they could be back in India. The flight was operated by Qatar Airways.

These employees were apparently stranded in the US because their visas had expired and all international flights had been suspended following the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the pandemic, many Infosys employees have used the Vande Bharat flights arranged by the Government of India to fly back home. However, this is the first time that Infosys has chartered a flight exclusively for its 200 employees and families in the US.
In the past, Infosys has hired a flight to rescue its employees stranded in Bhubaneshwar during the floods in Odisha.

Thousands of employees of other Indian IT services companies, such as HCL Tech, Wipro and Tech Mahindra are also stranded in the US since March. Presently, there are about 79,649 Indians working with Indian IT companies on visas in the US. Of these, the lion’s share of employees work for TCS, that is, about 54,874.

Not long ago, Infosys had publicised its commitment to hiring more people locally for positions in senior management. It now has 78 per cent locals in its senior management in the US, as per its annual report.