Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Air India to operate 9 charters to Frankfurt to fly back Germans from India

New Delhi: Germany has mounted a massive exercise to fly out its citizens from India. Tuesday onwards Air India will operate nine charter flights from cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai to Frankfurt on its wide body aircraft to fly Germans back home over next few days. These aircraft will fly back as ferry flights — meaning with no passengers — while returning from Germany to Delhi. Last week, Lufthansa had operated two special flights from Delhi, using its double decker 500-seater Airbus A380, to fly Germans back home.

Air India has operated large number of special flights to fly back Indians stranded in corona hotspots like China, Japan and Europe. Thousands have flown back home on these flights.

There is huge demand for similar charters by AI from other countries too like US, UK and Canada to fly back their citizens from India. “The situation is very fluid. Discussions are on but as of now no decision has been taken,” said sources.

German Ambassador to India, Walter J Lindner, tweeted on Monday: “After flying 1,000 stranded travellers from Delhi to Frankfurt last week, we are working closely with Indian authorities (especially ministry of external affairs) to bring home many more. Challenges amidst lock-down not small, but we’re working on it 24/7… We continue to do everything humanly possible to bring the stranded travellers still remaining in India back to Germany.”
30/03/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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