Airlift is an upcoming Indian war thriller film directed by Raja Krishna Menon, and starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur in lead roles.The film is scheduled for release on 22 January 2016. The film is based on world’s biggest civil evacuation- evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait war.
On 2nd August, 1990, when Iraq invaded Kuwait at the orders of Saddam Hussain, millions of people were rendered homeless. At that time, Kuwait was home to close to 1,70,000 Indians who suddenly found their lives under threat. The Iraqi army looted the city, and people suffered atrocities at the hands of their soldiers.
Amidst growing tension in India about the lives of Indian nationals stuck in the war-ravaged country, the Government of India, with the help of the Indian Army and Air India, initiated the heroic operation which would go down in history.
After the military aircraft faced difficulties in air-space clearances, it was decided that civilian aircraft would be used. One of the most important things to note here is that back in those days, India was not a stable economy like today. We were financially in trouble, and depended heavily for crude oil on the region that was now in the middle of a war.
The ground realities were difficult and the government had limited options. A framework of the operation was created through meticulous planning. For almost 59 days, 488 Air India commercial flights flew into the war zone area, and carried 1,70,000 Indians back home.
The operation commenced on 14th August, 1990, and continued for almost 2 months after finally coming to an end on 11th October.A total of 170,000 people were evacuated to Mumbai – a distance of 4,117 km, by operating 488 flights in association with Indian Airlines, from 13 August to 11 October 1990 – lasting 59 days.
This feat earned Air India the Guinness Book of World Records for executing such a massive operation successfully. This operation is still regarded as the largest and the most successful evacuation ever carried out by any country in history!
Taken from : http://www.scoopwhoop.com/India-Performed-The-Largest-Air-Evacuation-In-History-Here-Is-How-It-Happened/