Today’s news in brief:
Lufthansa is resuming its nonstop flights between Frankfurt and Indian cities
In order to prevent its crew from having to layover in India during the peak of the second wave, the German carrier had added an extra stop to the flights that were flying under the air bubble agreement from Frankfurt to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. These flights stopped over in the Middle East before flying to India.
Owing to the decrease in Covid cases, Lufthansa has resumed nonstop flights between India and Germany. This has put the flying time between Frankfurt and Delhi back to about seven hours.
The flight from Frankfurt would undergo a crew changeover in the Gulf while the passengers remained in their seats. This resulted in adding another three hours to this journey, and extra responsibility on the carrier of maintaining an additional crew on the route.
The crew rotation worked in such a way that the crew that started in Germany, switched over in the Gulf, while the second set of crew members serviced the aircraft from the Gulf to India and back to Gulf.
“Lufthansa will have normal operations. There will be no second crew. The crew will have a layover in India. There will be no stopover in Bahrain anymore,” added the Lufthansa spokesperson.
Even though the German carrier has decided to let its crew layover in India from today onwards, Indian citizens are still barred from entering Germany due to the coronavirus situation in the country. Only the travelers who are either German nationals or holding German resident permits are currently allowed to enter Germany.
Delhi high court has ordered the Indian flag carrier to reinstate the 61 pilots that were sacked earlier
This news will come as a relief to the 61 Air India pilots whose services were terminated by Air India in August 2020. The airline had cited the financial crisis resulting from the pandemic as the reason behind the decision to sack the pilots.
After hearing over 40 petitions that were filed in Delhi high court, Justice Jyoti Singh on Tuesday issued an order stating that all 61 pilots be reinstated by the airline and the back wages be paid.
The court added that the extension of the contracts, of the contractual pilots, in the future will be at the discretion of Air India in view of their satisfactory performance.