Tuesday, April 07, 2020

How Much-Maligned Air India is Coming to Country's Rescue

During the last few weeks, Air India has conducted multiple special flights to bring stranded Indians to the country from Coronavirus-affected cities such as Wuhan in China and Rome in Italy.

It has emerged as one of the frontline warriors in the fight against Coronavirus. From bringing back thousands of stranded Indians from  Wuhan, Japan, Italy and Iran to bringing critical medical equipment from abroad, the much-maligned national carrier has earned praise.

Air India is now planning to conduct three special flights to London from April 8-10 to repatriate Canadians who are stranded in India amid a 21-day lockdown imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, senior airline officials said on Monday.
Scheduled to operate 18 such flights from March 31, 2020, the national carrier has flown back German nationals to Frankfurt and  Israeli nationals to Tel Aviv.

Since the lockdown was imposed, the national carrier has conducted multiple flights across India to transport essential cargo such has coronavirus testing kits, medicines and food.

“The government of India has taken this initiative on the request of respective embassies. On April 4, flights to London and Paris were being operated carrying foreigners,” an official spokesperson from Air India said.

Keeping in mind a number of foreign tourists who are still stranded in India, the airline might start more charter flights if the foreign governments make a request to its Indian counterpart.
07/04/20 Jeevan Prakash Sharma/Outlook
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