Praise from Pakistan for Air India's COVID-19 relief efforts

Praise from Pakistan for Air India's COVID-19 relief efforts”

The Air India spokesperson said bookings had now been closed till April 30 from Friday.

Even as global COVID-19 crisis spread, the United Kingdom is all set to evacuate its nationals from India with seven charter flights being announced from Goa, Mumbai and Delhi. On 4 April, 113 of the most vulnerable British nationals left Goa on an Irish flight.

Before taking off from Mumbai airport, the ATC there, besides giving permission praised the national carrier's efforts amidst crisis, saying "we are proud of you".

"Here also Pakistan helped us and got in touch with Iran and gave our message to them". Where commercial routes do not exist, the Government will provide up to £75 million to enable special charter flights to bring home United Kingdom residents.

"We are proud of you, that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights".

In a joint letter to the Chief Managing Director of Air India, the pilots said, "We, the flying crew of Air India feel, immensely let down by the self-serving approach of the Executive Management Committee in the name of cost cutting measures".

The U.K. government on April 5 announced the first seven chartered flights next week to bring home British nationals stranded in India amidst the worldwide travel lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

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Indian flag carrier Air India received unexpected praise for its relief operations from a Pakistani Air Traffic Controller (ATC) while on its way to Europe.

The first words from Pakistan ATC surprised the pilots.

Iran has rarely given direct route to any of airlines because direct route of Iran airspace is strictly kept reserve for their defence purposes only.

The Air India flights have also received praise and welcome from Turkish and German Air Traffic Controllers.

Air India is also scheduled to operate cargo flights between Delhi and Shanghai to bring in critical medical equipment for India; these flights will run till April 9.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected over a million people worldwide and led to almost 50,000 deaths.

With 355 new cases reported in the last 12 hours, India's tally of coronavirus positive cases rose to 2,902, said the ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.

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