India allows Dutch jet after corona confusion strands passengers

23 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

THE HAGUE: A group of more than 100 passengers stranded at Amsterdam’s airport after their flight to New Delhi turned around midair due to confusion over coronavirus rules finally departed for India on Sunday, officials said, reports AFP.

Because of the pandemic, India has imposed a bar on flights from Europe and from Sunday a one-week complete ban on all incoming international commercial flights comes into force.

The KLM flight carrying around 120 passengers left Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport late Friday but had to make a U-turn over Russia mid flight after being told by India to return to its point of departure.

“Today a group of stranded travellers from India have left from Schiphol to go home,” said Hans Leijtens, the head of the Dutch Royal Military Police, which deals with borders.

“Good work by the Royal Military Police, KLM, Schiphol and other organisations involved in receiving and taking care of the group in recent days,” he said on Twitter.