Sunday, April 05, 2020

Pakistan ATC lauds Air India’s COVID-19 relief efforts, says ‘proud of you’

Air India, which has been actively involved in evacuation of Indians and relief efforts around the world during the coronavirus pandemic, has found an admirer in the Pakistan Air Traffic Controller.

The Pakistan ATC welcomed Air India flights engaged in relief efforts into its airspace, and went on to say that they were proud of the work the airline was doing during these trying times.
“As-salamu alaykum (Peace be upon you). This is Karachi Control welcoming Air India for relief flights,” the ATC said to the pilots. After confirming that the flight was enroute Frankfurt for relief efforts, the ATC said, “We are proud of you that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights. Good luck!”

The Air India pilots thanked them for their words. They added that the Pakistan ATC saved them precious time by allowing the flight to fly closer to Karachi. In addition, the ATC also got in touch with Iran when the Air India flight entered its airspace and tried contacting the authorities, thereby saving time taking a shorter route.

The national carrier operated two flights from Mumbai to Frankfurt on April 2, carrying materials and European national stuck in India amid the nationwide lockdown.
05/04/20 The Week

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