Air India Flight from Kolkata to Heathrow was cancelled last minute because of slot issues in Heathrow. The flight was going to be a direct flight between 2 cities after 11 years.
AI1149 was going to depart from Kolkata Aiport at 6:20am on 17th september. According to an Air India spokesman in the Times of India, Heathrow revoked the landing slot at the last minute. Let’s dive deep and ask why was this done?
Due to the change, Air India had to operate a domestic flight between Kolkata and Delhi to connect passengers onward to London. The flight only had 72 passengers in Kolkata, with another 86 joining in Delhi.Under Vande bharat mission rules, passengers do not need a COVID-19 negative certificate if they agree to hotel quarantine for seven days. However, it seems that the West Bengal government (the capital of which is Kolkata) added a condition that those flying to Kolkata in specific need a COVID-19 negative test. This confusion and contradiction of rules led to chaos and the flight end up getting scrapped. Lesson to be learned is proper management and more clarity about the rules.
For now, the Air India spokesman says the flight is on hold until the slot is clarified.
These slot issues are going to happen in a huge airport such has Heathrow. This is an important flight and an important route which was cancelled,we can only hope the route is continued connecting all of India to Heathrow.
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