Repatriation flights: the aviation ministry website is blocked; Covid's negative crew test rule delays AI flights

NEW DELHI: With thousands of thousands of people stranded abroad and desperate scores to return home or work in foreign countries, the aviation ministry has collapsed due to the large number of hits people receive for special flights . India will operate 64 of 12 countries to repatriate some 15,000 Indians and the government has conditionally allowed people to fly on these flights as well.

Air india It has had to delay the departure of its flights that were supposed to depart on Wednesday after an unexpected line in the Interior Ministry protocol issued on Tuesday night for these repatriation operations surprised aviation authorities.

Only these crew and crew members undergoing negative COVID-19 tests will be allowed to operate these flights/ships, says the Interior Ministry SOP.

“Our team does not have a crown, but now they are required to carry a test report that certifies this. The tests are underway and will take 15 hours. As a result, the Delhi- San Francisco flight that was due to depart on Wednesday at 3.30 am has been delayed, ”the sources said. This flight was due to fly from the OFS to Mumbai with Indians stranded on Thursday 11 pm (local time) and will now operate once the range of the long-range Boeing 777 there.

A senior official said: The IA must not give its crew any greedy certificates after the tests.

About the website crash, the ministry of civil aviation tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that its website is down due to unprecedented traffic. Team NIC is working on it. Details regarding evacuation flights will be put up on the Air india website soon. Kindly check there directly. Our apologies for the inconvenience caused. ”

AI issued a detailed protocol for the crew that is supposed to operate all 64 flights in the first week and then many more in the coming days. Pilots and cabin crew operating flights to New York, San Francisco Washington, Chicago and London will need to spend a night in these places.

The AI ​​operations department has asked officials at these locations to arrange to do a swab test for Covid at the crew post and before the flight. Additionally, given that New York is facing a major coronavirus outbreak, AI has ordered that its crew not be housed in Manhattan hotels, but at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey.