By James Mathew
Sudden flight cancellations upset travels plans of thousands of Indians - returning NRIs among them
India’s national carrier Air India cancelled four of its Dubai flights from various cities in India and diverted one to Al Maktoum due to heavy rain and flooding at Dubai airport, the airline spokesperson has said.
“While Air India’s Dubai flight from Chennai has landed at the Dubai airport on Saturday, it took nearly 5 hours for the plane to reach its parking bay,” the Air India spokesperson told Arabian Business.
Air India’s Dubai flight from Calicut airport in Kerala (AI 937) was diverted to Al Maktoum airport due to flooding on the runway.
“This plane is AOG (aircraft on ground) now there,” the Air India spokesperson added.
IndiGo and SpiceJet were not immediately available for comment on the status of their flights to Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
Travel industry sources said the sudden cancellation of flights to Dubai upset the travel plans of thousands of Indian travellers, especially this being the new year busy season when many NRIs (non-resident Indians) were returning to their destinations the UK, US and Europe after visiting India during Christmas/New Year holidays.
“We have been getting hundreds of calls since Saturday from passengers - NRIs as well as several business travellers - who were to travel to Dubai and Abu Dhabi and beyond to their destinations in the West, enquiring about the status of their flights,” said a manager with Intersight Tours and Travels.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.