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33 hours in airplane mode for PM Narendra Modi

In the trip totalling a little more than 95 hours, Modi would have spent more than a third of his time — 33 hours — flying in his Air India Boeing.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 28, 2017, 11.24 AM IST
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The PM would have spent two of the four nights during the trip flying, without staying a night in either Portugal or the Netherlands.
The PM would have spent two of the four nights during the trip flying, without staying a night in either Portugal or the Netherlands.
NEW DELHI: When PM Modi lands back in Delhi on Wednesday, he would have completed perhaps the busiest and fastest multi-nation trip, including the United States, by an Indian prime minister.

In the trip totalling a little more than 95 hours, Modi would have spent more than a third of his time — 33 hours to be precise — flying in his Air India Boeing. In the rest of the time at his disposal, he would have attended to 33 back-to-back engagements and meetings in the US, Portugal and the Netherlands, officials privy to the PM’s detailed itinerary told ET.

The PM would have spent two of the four nights during the trip flying, without staying a night in either Portugal or the Netherlands.

This would be in keeping with the rule of sorts during his overseas trips nowadays, as per which he does not spend a night in a country if there is no engagement scheduled for the next day there but rather uses the night to fly to the next destination.

Modi followed this during the trip while flying from Lisbon to Washington DC, thereon to Hague and also on the way back home.

The PM first flew 10 hours to Lisbon, leaving at 7 am on June 24 from Delhi. He did not check into a hotel there during the day, choosing to have a briefing in the VVIP lounge of the Lisbon Airport on landing and leaving straight for Portugal’s foreign ministry from there.

After meetings and a working lunch there, he visited the Champalimaud Foundation, held an interaction with the Indian community and left straight for the Lisbon Airport to fly out at 6 pm local time for Washington DC.

The nearly eight-hour flight took him to Washington when it would have been about 4 am in India. The nearly 50-member Indian team then checked into the Willard Continental Hotel.

The PM had 17 engagements in the US over the next two days, including the meeting with American CEOs and engagements at the White House. He did not spend a second night in Washington DC, choosing to emplane for the Netherlands around 9 pm local time on Monday.

There too, he had about seven engagements, including an address to the Indian community in the evening, before he departed straight for the airport to emplane for Delhi at 7 pm Dutch time.

Modi is scheduled to land in Delhi at 6:20 am on Wednesday, on what is expected to be a working day, before he heads for his home state Gujarat the next day.

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