Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
News18 » India
1-min read

Coronavirus Chaos: Amsterdam-Delhi KLM Flight Allowed to Land in India after Being Turned Back

An official said the DGCA on Saturday night issued permission for the Dutch airline to land its aircraft carrying the Indian citizens in the national capital on March 22.

PTI

Updated:March 21, 2020, 11:49 PM IST
facebookTwitter Pocket whatsapp
Coronavirus Chaos: Amsterdam-Delhi KLM Flight Allowed to Land in India after Being Turned Back
File photo of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Twitter: Royal Dutch Airlines)

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has permitted an Amsterdam-Delhi flight with 120 Indian passengers, which was turned back due to aviation restrictions applied in view of the coronavirus pandemic, to land in India on Sunday, an official said.

The Netherlands' KLM Airlines on Saturday said its Amsterdam-Delhi flight with 120 Indians on board was turned back due to "conflicting" information on flight restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in order to hinder the spread of COVID-19.

The official said the DGCA on Saturday night issued permission for the Dutch airline to land its aircraft carrying the Indian citizens in the national capital on March 22.

In a statement, KLM Airline said, "On March 20, Flight KL871 from Amsterdam to Delhi had to be redirected to Schiphol due to conflicting information on entry restrictions in the country. 120 passengers on board this aircraft are residents of India, who were on their way to Delhi via a transfer at Schiphol, and are now on airside at Schiphol."

The plane had transit passengers from the US and the UK too, and there was confusion over whether such passengers could disembark on Indian soil as they were not taking direct flights and their segregation could be difficult.

The central government has announced it will not allow any international commercial passenger flight to land in India from Sunday onward for a week.

KLM airline had said it "ensures to abide and respect" the regulations put in place by the Indian authorities and that it will fly these passengers only if a final agreement is provided by the authorities in India.

"KLM is committed to doing everything it can to repatriate as many travellers as possible," the statement said.

The Dutch airline further said, "KLM will re-operate flight KL872 for the passengers in Delhi who were supposed to return to Amsterdam on the above mentioned flight for a departure on the night of March 22."

Support the daily wage earners who have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to contribute to the cause. #IndiaGives

The daily News18 Coronavirus COVID-19 newsletter - Get your copy here.

Subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube

Read full article

Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results

India

  • Active Cases

    2,650

     
  • Total Confirmed

    2,902

     
  • Cured/Discharged

    183

     
  • Total DEATHS

    68

     
Data Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
Updated: April 04 (09:00 AM)
Hospitals & Testing centres

World

  • Active Cases

    831,119

     
  • Total Confirmed

    1,119,702

     
  • Cured/Discharged

    229,338

     
  • Total DEATHS

    59,245

     
Data Source: Johns Hopkins University, U.S. (www.jhu.edu)
Hospitals & Testing centres