The repatriation flight from Colombo, which was scheduled to land at the Dabolim airport on Sunday, carrying stranded Indian seafarers from Sri Lanka, has been cancelled once again.
This is the second time the flight has been cancelled within a week. Earlier, the flight was scheduled to arrive on May 28 but was cancelled at the last moment, said airport director Gagan Malik.
He said the probable reason behind the flight cancellation was the airlines not processing timely clearance at its end. He explained that such incidents do occur as a lot of clearances are to be obtained by contacting the respective government authorities which is a complex process.
When asked whether other Goa-bound Colombo flights are scheduled to arrive on June 2 and June 3, the airport director said, “It will be too early to comment on the arrival of the repatriation flights, as they need to get clearances from various agencies and it is a tedious process.”
Meanwhile, the Dabolim airport handled 224 passengers on Sunday.
Alliance Air flight from Mysuru brought six passengers to Goa; it had no passenger on board during its return journey.
The Indigo flight (6E 367), which arrived from New Delhi, brought 53 passengers to Goa, while on its way back, it flew with 90 passengers.
Another Indigo flight (6E 6614), which also arrived from New Delhi, brought 57 passengers and carried 18 passengers to New Delhi.
Meanwhile, the Delhi-bound Hazrat Nizamuddin (Goa Express) train will depart from the Vasco railway station on June 1 at 3 pm with stranded passengers.
Station manager Ramdas Gudemane said the train will depart at full capacity. “The reservation for Goa Express is full. The train will run with 18 coaches, which will be almost reserved,” said Gudemane. This is the first train to commence operations from the Vasco railway station after the janata curfew and lockdown that were imposed from March 22.