Thursday, September 10, 2020

Covid 19 coronavirus: Latest India-Auckland repatriation charter flight ready for take-off

The operator of a private charter flight due to leave India for Auckland asks all passengers
to produce negative Covid-19 tests before being boarding.

Auckland travel firm Sehion Tours is chartering a Singapore Airlines A350-900 between Kochi, India and Auckland.

The airline's long-haul A350s can carry 253 passengers, and Sehion director Sijo Abraham said so far it had about 200 bookings.
It will fly from the city of about three million via Singapore where it will refuel while passengers stay on board.
Abraham said passengers would be issued masks and have to produce a negative Covid test taken within three days.

India has set a record for the number of Covid-19 cases in single day, topping 90,000 earlier this week and, with a total of nearly 4.4 million cases, trails only the United States in total numbers.

Seventeen people on an Air India New Delhi-Auckland flight have since tested positive for Covid since arriving here.

Abraham said his firm had not had any problems with a previous charter from Kochi, a port city on India's southwest coast.
10/09/20 Grant Bradley/NZ Herald

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