Saturday, March 21, 2020

Grounded flights land NRKs in trouble

Malappuram: Abdul Kalam, 55, who has been working as a pharmacist at a hospital in Abu Dhabi, returned home in Malappuram for a 20-day vacation on February 28. He was supposed to report for work on Friday and had scheduled the travel to Abu Dhabi from Calicut International Airport on an Air India Express flight on Thursday. But, after most of the flight services to Gulf countries including the UAE from India were recently banned, Kalam couldn’t fly back like many other Non-Resident Keralites. Now, he is worried a lot about his job and is running around to get his doubts clarified on various matters related to his travel.

The government authorities are not able to give him a clear picture as to when the airlines will resume flight services from Kerala to the Gulf. Nobody would be able to answer that until the Covid-19 situation improves. He also wants to know how he could get the refund for his ticket on the cancelled flight. “When I tried to contact the airlines over the phone, nobody responded,” Kalam says.

He is worried about the current Covid-19 situation. “My vacation period is over and I need to get back to work immediately. I don’t know when the governments would reinstate the flight services and when I would be able to rejoin my work. I’m also worried that if the Covid 19 situation gets worse in the coming months, the countries will extend the travel ban.”
21/03/20 Vishnuprasad K P/New Indian Express
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