Thursday, June 11, 2020

Plane shortage keeps Indians abroad stranded

Chennai: Evacuation of stranded Indians in the US, Canada and Europe has been slow, as only one Indian carrier, Air India, has the long range planes needed.
Most flights are scheduled from Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto but they are not enough as too many Indians, several of them hailing from Chennai, are waiting to return home as early as possible.
As the demand is high for urgent travel and as announcement of US schedules in phases is not adequate, travel and tour companies have tied up with foreign airlines and have approached the DGCA for permission to operate services.

The move comes as some foreign carriers from Europe and the US are flying to India to take back their citizens. “These aircraft fly empty to Delhi and Mumbai. The government is yet to allow them to bring Indians stranded aboard,” said an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).

“The ministry has relaxed its rules and has started to allow foreign airlines, especially those in the Middle East, to fly in Indian passengers. FlyDubai operated a few flights to Chennai. But there is no move yet to allow it from the US and Europe,” said an official.

Nishant Pitti, founder and CEO of, said, “We are planning to tie-up with a few airlines to repatriate the thousands of Indians stranded in the US, Canada and Europe. We will speak to the airlines when we get approval from the ministry of civil aviation. A dialogue has been initiated.”
11/06/20 V Ayyappan/Times of India

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