22-Dec-2010 8:02 AM

Asia Pacific and Indian airlines continue resume some Europe services

Asia Pacific and Indian carriers continued to resume some services to Europe on 21-Dec-2010, as some airports reopened:

  • North Asia:
    • Cathay Pacific: announced it expects to operate its normal schedule of four flights from Hong Kong to London on 22-Dec-2010, following the opening of London Heathrow Airport's second runway. Passengers travelling from Auckland to London will also be accepted for travel. Cathay Pacific is hoping to be able to operate additional services over the next few days to help clear the backlog of passengers but stated this is conditional on aircraft and crew availability, as well as slots at Heathrow; [more]
  • Southeast Asia:
    • Malaysian Airlines: announced (21-Dec-2010) it is now able to gradually resume London services. Passengers stranded in Frankfurt have now been transported to London. Another flight that was forced to divert to Istanbul will now operate to London Stansted, with a return flight to Kuala Lumpur scheduled for 22-Dec-2010; [more]
    • Thai Airways: announced (21-Dec-2010) the cancellation of one Bangkok-London flight and one London-Bangkok flight for the day. However, the carrier plans to operate two additional London-Bangkok flights to transport passengers from Heathrow. It also operated an additional London-Bangkok flight on 20-Dec-2010; [more]
  • South Pacific:
    • Air New Zealand: stated two flights stranded in London arrived in Auckland early in the morning on 22-Dec-2010 (Stuff, 22-Dec-2010). More than 120 passengers remain stranded in Los Angeles en route to London;
    • Qantas: cancelled two flights from Sydney and Melbourne to London on 22-Dec-2010, while another two were able to takeoff (AAP, 21-Dec-2010). Five flights from London on 20-Dec-2010 and 21-Dec-2010 have all now departed London. The carrier stated it has no plans to operate additional flights to/from London but hopes to accommodate passengers on subsequent schedules. It added it cannot guarantee passengers stranded in London will be able to make it to Australia in time for Christmas, as it is “at the mercy” of Heathrow (The Age, 22-Dec-2010).
  • India:
    • Air India: announced (20-Dec-2010) the delay of the majority flights from Delhi and Mumbai to London for 20-Dec-2010. One Delhi-London flight departed in the afternoon. The carrier resumed some operations to/from London on 21-Dec-2010 (Business Standard, 22-Dec-2010).; [more]
    • Kingfisher Airlines: announced (21-Dec-2010) it operated two Heathrow-Mumbai flights and one Heathrow-Mumbai flight for the day. One Heathrow-Delhi and one Delhi-Heathrow flight were cancelled for the day, while another London-Delhi service was scheduled to depart at 21:30 local time, subject to availability of de-icing fluid at Brussels Airport and arrival slot clearance at Heathrow for the aircraft from Brussels. [more]
    • Pakistan International Airlines: stated passengers affected by delays and cancellations in Pakistan and Europe have now reached their destinations (Khaleej Times, 22-Dec-2010). The carrier stated it may lose “millions of rupees” from the flight disruptions, but added it is unable to calculate how much it will cost until the incident is over.

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