Air India’s repatriation flights postponed as crew members’ COVID-19 checks get delayed

NEW DELHI: Air India‘s repatriation flights below the ‘Vande Bharat‘ mission couldn’t be operated on Wednesday because the crew members’ COVID-19 checks weren’t accomplished on time, senior airline officers stated.

The ‘Vande Bharat’ mission plans to deliver stranded Indians from overseas amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

The flights below the mission will begin working from Thursday, the officers clarified.

Air India’ first combat was scheduled to depart at 3.30 am on Wednesday from Delhi to San Francisco. The second flight was scheduled to depart at 6.30 am on Wednesday from Mumbai to London, they stated.

“Whereas the flight to London is now scheduled to go away from Mumbai at 6.30 am on Friday, the flight to San Francisco will go away at 3.30 am on Friday,” the officers famous.

The COVID-19 checks for pilots and cabin crew members weren’t accomplished on time and consequently, each the flights had been postponed by 48 hours, they stated.

Air India’s flight to Singapore, which has been scheduled to go away from Delhi at 11.15 pm on Thursday, might be departing on time, the officers clarified.

“Delhi-Singapore flight will now be the primary flight below the Vande Bharat mission as an alternative of the Delhi-San Francisco flight,” they famous.

Different flights, which had been scheduled for Thursday, have additionally been postponed to Friday.

For instance, the repatriation flight to Kuala Lumpur, which was earlier scheduled to depart from Chennai at 9 am on Thursday, is now scheduled to depart at 8.30 am on Friday, the officers famous.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had introduced on Tuesday that Air India could be working 64 repatriation flights between Might 7 and Might 13 to deliver roughly 15,000 Indian nationals from 12 international locations amid the lockdown.

On Tuesday, the Union Ministry of Residence Affairs said that an individual who has an OCI card, or held the citizenship of a overseas nation, or held a legitimate visa of multiple yr of that nation, or had the inexperienced card of that nation, can journey on the repatriation flight leaving India below the Vande Bharat mission.

India has been below a lockdown since March 25 to curb the unfold of novel coronavirus.

All scheduled business passenger flights have been suspended for this lockdown interval.

Nonetheless, cargo flights, medical evacuation flights and particular flights permitted by the aviation regulator DGCA have been allowed to function throughout this time.

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