The British Airways flight was the primary direct flight from Europe to Kolkata in 11 years.
- Last Updated: April 20, 2020, 10:38 AM IST
As all flights stay shut as a result of Coronavirus pandemic internationally, there have been evacuation flights being carried out by totally different international locations to carry their residents again residence. One such flight arrived at Kolkata on Sunday to evacuate 160 British nationals, together with three infants, again to the UK. This was part of a large 12-flight operation that has been undertaken by the British High Commission in India to evacuate its residents from totally different elements of the nation.
Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, mentioned, “I am delighted that we have helped repatriate stranded British nationals from the East and Northeast India in a charter flight organised by the UK government. Today we have helped send back 160 British nationals in this charter flight from Kolkata to London via Delhi. I am grateful to the Government of India, state governments and local authorities, Kolkata Airport Authority and Hotel Holiday Inn for assisting the safe passage of our British nationals back to the UK. The UK and India are a force for good in tackling Covid19 together.”
The British Airways flight was a Boeing B777-200 plane with 336 seats and flew from Kolkata to Delhi for a technical cease after which went on its technique to the UK through Bahrain. This occasion additionally marked the primary time a direct flight from Europe has landed in Kolkata since 2009.