Loss-making national carrier Air
Najaf from Lucknow in UP via New Delhi, starting early next
Najaf is considered sacred by Shia Muslims. Notably,
Lucknow has a sizable Shia population.
The airline is discussing modalities of the proposed
an airline source said.
Lucknow, connecting New Delhi. But there are are several
issues which need to be sorted out before announcing the new
flight. A meeting has been called on Monday to discuss all the
When contacted, an Air India spokesperson also said
that "it (launch of Najaf flight) is a work in progress".
According to the source, the stay arrangements for the
flight crew is one of the key issues as it can't stay in Najaf
due to certain reasons.
"Therefore, one proposal is to connect the flight to
Medina from Najaf so that the crew can stay in Medina in Saudi
Arabia. Also, since the new route is likely to be operated by
an Airbus A320 neo, which currently does not have extended
diversion time operations (EDTO), which will have to be
granted by the aviation regulator DGCA," the source said.
EDTO allows a multi-engine aircraft to divert to a
nearby airport in case of an emergency situation.
"It (Lucknow-Najaf flight) is a work in progress and
for granting us permission to operate on the proposed route,
which we are expecting next week," the spokesperson said.
an Airbus A320 neo plane, he said, adding the frequency and
date for commencement of operations will be finalised once the
plan is firmed up.
Express and Alliance Air, currently operates over 40 flights
per day to more than 80 domestic and 44 international
destinations with a combined fleet of 161 aircraft.
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