United, the one US provider that flies to India presently, has nonstops between Delhi and Newark, San Francisco and Chicago. Air India is the one different airline that has direct to US locations like New York JFK, Newark, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington. Apart from Delhi flights, United solely has a Mumbai-Newark connection.
“United Airlines is scheduled to resume flights from Delhi to the United States from Sunday, April 25,” the airline mentioned in a press release early Saturday morning (India time).
The concern with United arose when its New York (Newark)-Delhi flight UA 801 landed right here on Thursday night time. A disagreement on testing for the crew of this flight — who weren’t alighting from the Boeing 777 and had been to fly again to Newark — noticed the airline deciding to take off from right here with out boarding passengers ready to achieve this at IGI Airport.
“A government (not aviation) official insisted RT-PCR test be conducted on the crew of UA 801 that was to fly back as UA 802. This despite clear orders from the aviation ministry not to do so for asymptomatic crew of quick turn around (QTA) international flights who do not alight from aircraft and fly out of India. This disagreement saw the United flight leaving for Newark without boarding passengers,” mentioned sources.
In a Friday night time assertion, United mentioned: “As we seek clarity regarding Covid-19 travel requirements to India, we have temporarily suspended service to Delhi for April 22 and cancelled the corresponding return flights. We are working to provide alternate options to our customers and plan to resume our scheduled service as soon as possible.” Luckily for passengers, the identical is occurring from Sunday.
The aviation ministry says it has been getting requests from airways to exempt pilots working worldwide flights from RT-PCR exams, which isn’t allowed as per present norms right here. However, it made an exception for the crew of QTA worldwide flights who don’t alight from plane. “Considering that cockpit crew remain within aircraft in a sterile environment of the flight deck and the cabin crew are protected by PPE, these crew operating international QTA flights are exempted from RT-PCR test on arrival at Indian airports,” says an order issued by the aviation ministry joint secretary Usha Padhee this Tuesday.
Despite this, sources mentioned the United crew — all of who had been to stay contained in the plane and fly again to New York — was requested to bear the check. So they determined to fly again with out boarding passengers! Sources mentioned stranded passengers are being despatched on different flights to Europe on Friday night time in order that they will fly additional on to the US.
Meanwhile, some international airways working medium and lengthy haul nonstops to India are leant to be planning to add a stopover on their flights to India nearer to the nation. The concept: Have a crew change from there to function the flight to India after which out of India to keep away from their crew being uncovered to the brand new virus pressure by staying over right here.
Some worldwide airways have sought separate quick lanes and exit space at IGIA for the crew to keep away from them getting publicity danger within the widespread arrival corridor.
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