Thursday 18 June 2020 10:02 PM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON June 18: The Indian High Commission has allowed one more flight to Kochi. This was following consistent demands exerted by Malayalees in UK and in particular Malayalees Stranded in UK Whatsapp group.
The Indian High Commission had Tweeted: “Based on people’s feedback, the 26, 27 & 28 June flights to Delhi/Mumbai will have feeder flights for Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai respectively. Booking will soon start online. Keeping in view your demand, we are requesting for more flights”.
“Online booking for these new feeder flights will start online at 9am on 19th June on http://airindia.in“, the Tweet added.
Sanjay Menon and Anoop Sasidharan from Malayalees Stranded in UK Whatsapp group has been vehemently conversing and liaising with the Indian High Commission in regards to securing more flights following the group alerting him that there are more people who haven’t secured tickets after the flights scheduled to Kochi for 18th June, 24th June and 30th June getting fully booked.
Malayalees Stranded in UK also have been exploring the possibilities of a chartered flight with the Indian High Commission. However, HCI wasn’t very much favourable to this suggestion. Sanjay then provided a long list of those who are left stranded even after the flights for 18th June, 24th June and 30th June was made available.
After the consistent pressures for a flight to Kochi gaining momentum the HCI issued a Tweet on 16th June said: “Since there is still unmet demand for a number of destinations in India, we request all stranded to register their interest for destinations so that we may request Air India for flights to those destinations”.
Finally the HCI decided to come out with three flights for 26, 27 & 28 June flights to Delhi/Mumbai with feeder flights for Bengaluru, Kochi and Chennai. Based on the Tweet it is likely that the flight to Kochi will be on 27th June. However, more details of this will only be made 19th June.
Online booking for these new feeder flights will start online at 9am on 19th June on http://airindia.in.
Like before Malayalees Stranded in UK Whatsapp group are available for the community to receive help and assistance if you are struggling to book the tickets.
Malayalees Stranded in UK Whatsapp had become the one top shop for those stranded in the UK during the time of the Coronavirus. They have been online since the first Vande Bharath Mission flight to Kochi was announced on 19th May. Since then they coordinated all the members who travelled, looked after the elderly and vulnerable during the time of the journey.
Just immediately after the 19th May flight took off, the HCI had announcd three more flights to Kochi on 18th June , 24th June and 30th June. The Whatsapp group created three more groups for the three group of travellers so that more coordination was possible.
The group, started by Anoop Sasidharan and Sanjay Menon, today have several volunteers who are travelling, who had travelled and in India, whose parents or relatives are travelling acting as volunteers and providing the required support in times of booking and following it up with whole journey.
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