Kingfisher Airlines cancelled its flights to London for the second consecutive day on Friday while Air India rescheduled its flights to London, Toronto and New York as airspace was closed over several North European airports due to drifting ash from a volcano in Iceland.
Kingfisher flights from New Delhi to London and from London to New Delhi were cancelled. Also, a flight from Mumbai to London and London to Mumbai were cancelled.
“In view of continuous restriction over UK airspace and closure of London’s Heathrow airport, Kingfisher airlines cancelled its flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to London today,” Kingfisher spokesperson Prakash Mir Puri said here.
Air India has rescheduled its long haul flights to Toronto, New York and London till 2PM today.
“Due to airspace restrictions, Air India’s flight from Delhi to New York, Mumbai to New York, Mumbai-London, Delhi-London-Toronto, Delhi-Frankfurt, Mumbai-Frankfurt-Chicago and Ahmedabad-Frankfurt-Newark will leave after 2 PM today,” an AI spokesperson said.
Yesterday, Kingfisher cancelled all its flights to London from Mumbai and Delhi while Jet cancelled two flights from the two Indian metropolises and one from London to Delhi.
Passengers have been advised to call the airline office to know their flight schedule before proceeding for airports, officials said.
The British Air Traffic Control has prohibited aircraft entering certain parts of airspace over the UK as flying ash compromised visibility and debris can be sucked into the engines of aircraft.
The drifting ash clouds also paralysed all the airports in Norway, Finland and Sweden as the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier erupted on Wednesday again for a second time in less than a month.