Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Flight brings back locals stranded in UK

Varanasi: An Air India flight brought 82 citizens of Varanasi, including women and children, back to their city on Monday after remaining stranded in UK for months due to COVID-19 lockdown. They were sent to 14-day quarantine in different hotels.
The LBS International Airport witnessed landing of first commercial flight since March 23 at 2.01 pm, when AI-112 flight carrying 123 passengers landed. While 82 passengers deboarded in Varanasi, 41 proceeded to Gaya in the same flight, which departed at 3.15 pm.
ADM (protocol) Atul Kumar, director airport Akashdeep Mathur, regional tourism officer Kirtiman Srivastava, CISF commandant Subrat Jha and chief medical officer Dr V B Singh were present to ensure that all Covid-19 protocols are followed and passengers sent to quarantine.

ADM (protocol) said hotels in four categories had been selected by officials to quarantine the passengers arriving from UK.

Eagerly waiting for the flight, a local medical practitioner Dr P K Jindal said, “I am here to see my son, who is arriving from London. It was difficult time for us as he was stranded in UK for months. We are not allowed to go close, so we came to have a glimpse from far. We will remain in touch with him over phone till quarantine is over.”

The families of other passengers were there and waved at their loves ones, when they were boarding buses to go to hotels.

19/05/20 Times of India
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