Mangaluru: No flights - Many people from coastal Karnataka stranded abroad

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Dec 29: A number of people from the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are stranded at various points abroad as international flight services have been suspended due to the scare created by the new strain of coronavirus. At present, flights to Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain are operational. Therefore Kannadigas from Saudi Arabia and other countries are finding it impossible to return to their hometowns even if there is an emergency.

Speaking to a Kannada daily, former vice president of NRI Forum Karnataka, Arathi Krishna, said that she has information about a number of people who are finding it hard either to go to India or to return to their work because of absence flights to Saudi Arabia and other countries.

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Flights to Saudi Arabia had been suspended a few weeks ago. People holding work visas were in the past, travelling to UAE, complete 14 days quarantine there and then travel to Saudi Arabia. Many therefore are compelled to stay put in the UAE hotels awaiting resumption of flights to Saudi, said Hidayat Addoor, convener of Kannadigas Federation.

At present, Air India flights to Dubai operate on a daily basis under the 'Vande Bharat' initiative from Mangaluru while SpiceJet and Indigo too have flights to Dubai on certain days. However, in the light of the recent developments, there is apprehension that these flights also might get suspended anytime now.






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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Dec 30 2020

    There are pro and contra about flights.We should be thankful one side atleast we can travel if emergency even though it is who doesnt have money and possibility have to stay back if one wants or not.Yes our mangalore airport.nothing more to add.Corona has put all of us in a critical stage and condition Hope God will open his eyes and let us make it possible as before soon.

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  • R.Krishna, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    The fare for Vande Bharat flight is fixed by Central Government. The revenue also go exclusively
    to Central Government. Air India is not making anything out of these flights. Since the revenue is
    lucrative the Delhi government continues to operate flights under Vande Bharat scheme denying
    Air India its routes.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    AirIndia is looting customers in the name of Vande Mataram under atma nirbhar mission. Nalin is promoting Kannur airport and Gowda is promoting Bengaluru airport. Vote BJP because central and state same party and dream for ache din. What is the use of having bunch of politicians from same party (BJP) Jai ho.

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  • Godfrey D'Souza, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    For your kind information Air India does not loot passengers.
    They are forced to capitalise on the situation by the government of India.
    Please, if you can find out the benefit that Air India gets out of these so called Vande Bharat flights.
    More than 60% profit is gobbled by the government and AI gets only the crumbs.
    Why should AI only operate these flights in the garb of Vande Bharat?
    If Indigo and other private carriers can operate scheduled flights why can't AI ?
    For all emergency evacuation flights YOU/WE needed AI ! Why point a finger at AI now ?

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    No one is looting nobody, I had travelled last week from Dubai, no extra fare at all. first of all clean your mind everything will be ok.

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  • Raj, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    My friend traveling from Bahrain to Kannur paying only BHD200 (IRS 40000/- approximately) that also one way.
    Praveen, Mangalore open your mind now.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 30 2020

    My Friend travelled... wow

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  • Mohammed Azaruddin, Doha- Qatar

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    think before we select a candidate who is going to assembly.... else the same issue will be repeated continuesly,,,,, no guts frist of all.... and not knowing to speak any language tooooooo

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    Only Arthi Krishna has been working for NRI's for the past one year though she may not be holding any govt posts. Our elected reps less said the better! People need them though they are not performers!

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    always there is problem for coastal Karnataka specially flight problem . ticket are high always and no other flight then air India or express . so many NRI are there in big dignities but not one person have guts to speak about this matter .
    see have Kerala state how they solve problem of flights and give fair price for people traveling from abroad.

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  • Crasta, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    Dear Roy, i agree with you. Our selected representative are good for nothing. they take part only if there political benefit for them. they lead any unjustified agitation of love jihad, conversion, beef etc etc. The MP once told to put fire to whole Canara Dist if allegations on sanghis if members of some minority organisations are not arrested. What more can we expect from these representatives.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    Crasta, Mangalore, I fully agree with you but some people with low IQ will never understand a bit of it.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA

    Tue, Dec 29 2020

    roy pinto, mangalore, I fully agree with your comments and it makes sense.

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