By James Mathew
Air India operates daily direct flight services to and from Dubai to Indore
India’s national carrier Air India’s flight to Dubai from the central Indian city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, may face temporary cancellation in the coming months due to runway repair at the Indore airport.
The Dubai-bound flight of Air India, which was scheduled to depart at 3.40 pm (local time) from Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport in Indore, was delayed on Saturday.
"Due to runway repair work at Indore airport, Air India's Dubai-Indore flight is getting affected," Air India chairman and managing director Ashwani Lohani, has said in a statement.
“Air India, in consultation with Airport Authority of India (AAI) – which manages the Indore airport – is taking necessary steps to ensure the continuance of this flight,” Lohani added.
Air India operates daily direct flight services to and from Dubai to Indore.
Indian wire service PTI, quoting an unnamed official, reported that Air India will be forced to cancel its Dubai flight from the city for 3 months, starting from February 1.
"We have been informed by Indore airport authorities that they are trying to give special permission to Air India to operate Dubai-Indore flight. If we get the permission, the flight will be reinstated," the PTI report said.
The source added that as the repair work is to be carried out at night, the Indore-Dubai flight - which departs in day time - is expected to operate as normal.
Air India has also offered Indore-bound passengers the opportunity to re-book on its Delhi or Mumbai flights from Dubai, from where it will fly them to their destination on its domestic network.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.