Monday, March 23, 2020

India allows Dutch jet after coronavirus confusion strands passengers

The Hague: A group of more than 100 passengers stranded at Amsterdam's airport aer their flight to New Delhi turned around midair due to confusion over coronavirus rules finally departed for India on
Sunday, oicials said.
Because of the pandemic, India has imposed a bar on flights from Europe and from Sunday a oneweek complete ban on all incoming international commercial flights comes into force.
The KLM flight carrying around 120 passengers le Amsterdam's Schiphol airport late Friday but
had to make a U-turn over Russia mid-flight aer being told by India to return to its point of
"Today a group of stranded travellers from India have le from Schiphol to go home," said Hans
Leijtens, the head of the Dutch Royal Military Police, which deals with borders.
"Good work by the Royal Military Police, KLM, Schiphol and other organisations involved in
receiving and taking care of the group in recent days," he said on Twitter.
KLM confirmed the flight was leaving, saying it was a "result of consultations between various
authorities", the Dutch news agency ANP reported.
The passengers included a pregnant woman who needed medical treatment on returning to
Most were forced to camp out at the airport while the problem was resolved as the Netherlands
also refused to grant them entry -- most had been transit passengers from the US and Canada.22/03/20 Deccan Herald
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