Saturday, March 21, 2020

Confusing flight restrictions leave several Indians stranded in transit in Europe

Even as India is set to bar arrival of all passengers onboard international commercial passenger aircraft from foreign destinations after 01:30 a.m. on Monday, a large number of its citizens got stranded in transit in the airports in Paris, Amsterdam,Frankfurt, London and other places – mostly due to confusion over implementation of the curbs imposed earlier this week in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
An Air India aircraft, which left New Delhi for Rome on Saturday, is scheduled to return with over 262 Indian citizens from Italy early in the morning on Sunday. The Embassy of India in Tashkent arranged an Uzbek Airlines aircraft to evacuate 121 Indian citizens, who had been stranded in transit at the airport in the capital of the Central Asian nation.
Three students of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) – Anshul Gupta, Khushbu and Gagan Saiprasad – got stranded in transit at the Charles de Galle Airport in Paris while returning from Costa Rica after participating in a student exchangeprogramme. The Air France cancelled the flight from Paris to New Delhi – apparently due to wrong interpretations of the travel restrictions imposed by the Government of India.
The Embassy of India intervened and the IIMB arranged for tickets for the three students on another flight. “They landed in Mumbai around 3 pm on Saturday & are now on their way to their respective homes. Home quarantine has been advised,” the IIMB posted on Twitter.
21/03/20 Anirban Bhumik/Deccan Herald
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