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Monday, 10 December, 2018, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Air India plans flight services to Iraq's Najaf from Lucknow

According to Press Trust of India (PTI), Air India to start a flight service to Iraqi city of Najaf from Lucknow in UP via New Delhi, starting early next year. 

The airline is discussing modalities of the proposed flight and a final decision is expected to be taken, an airline source said. 

"Air India plans to start services to Najaf from 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 to discuss all the issues around the flight. A final decision about the launch will be taken at this meeting," the source said. 

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. 

(Source: PTI)

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