Thursday, January 20, 2022

Air India to resume US operations from January 21; airline operating 3 relief flights for carrying stranded passengers today

Mumbai: The problems for Air India's US-bound passengers appear to be over for now. The airline tweeted on Thursday evening that it will follow its normal schedule on India-US sector from Friday (January 21).

"Flight operations to/from destinations in USA were affected during the last two days. We would like to inform our passengers travelling to/from destinations in the USA that effective 0001 hours of 21st January 2022 normal flight operations will recommence to/from USA," the airline tweeted at 4.53 pm on Thursday.

The airline said that it has received a go-ahead from Boeing to operate its Boeing 777 aircraft to the US.

Three Air India relief flights were scheduled to operate on Thursday to destinations such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco carrying stranded passengers in US, over 700 of whom have been given hotel accommodation after Air India cancelled its US flights scheduled in the early hours of Wednesday.

The airline had to cancel three departures scheduled in the early hours of Thursday as well.

In the past 48 hours, Air India and airlines around the world, have cancelled, curtailed their US operations over safety concerns related to 5G roll out in the US on January 19 (US time).

After Boeing gave a green signal to Air India to operate its Boeing 777 aircraft to the US, the first of the lot -- Air India Delhi-New York flight -- left at 7.45 am on Thursday, said an Air India official.

20/01/22 Manju V/Times of India

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