With the US restrictions on entry of non-Individuals travelling from India kicking in from Tuesday, the final flight heading out from Mumbai was chaotic, with a number of passengers having tickets claiming that they had been refused entry within the flight at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Worldwide Airport.
The US imposed restrictions on journey from India from Could Four due to the excessive Covid-19 caseloads and a number of variants circulating within the nation. The final flight for the US from Mumbai was on the intervening evening of Could three and 4. As a result of ban, a number of flights had been cancelled and curtailed.
Maitri Shah, a passenger of the Air Qatar Mumbai-Doha-Chicago flight, stated, “We had been stranded on the airport Monday evening for over 6 hours. The airline ultimately denied 50 of us from boarding. Completely different passengers had emails and obtained airline officers in contact with the Dallas immigration officer, a member from Seattle Homeland Safety and officers from the US embassy stating that our flight was effectively inside the journey ban and will take off, however they refused to just accept it. It was terribly unhappy. Individuals had travelled from Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur and Pune to Mumbai for that one flight, after a number of RT-PCR exams, managing youngsters, respecting the lockdown.”
It has been noticed that flight tickets had been as excessive as Rs 2.21 lakh for a single journey, and there have been situations of flights getting cancelled incessantly, leading to non-availability of tickets.
“My brother had come from the US for the final rites of my mom, who succumbed to COVID-19 final week. He wished to return to the US urgently as his eight-year-old son was alone, however the flight he booked obtained cancelled abruptly. Getting one other ticket was nearly unattainable as all flights had been packed. We needed to pay Rs 2.21 lakh for the only journey and eventually obtained a flight from Delhi,” stated Sandeep Darveshi, a Mumbai resident.
When contacted, the MIAL spokesperson she stated the choice for permitting to board falls below the airways. The airline representatives didn’t remark.