AI, Kingfisher cancel London-bound flights



Mumbai: Air India on Monday cancelled two London-bound flights while Kingfisher cancelled all its flights to Heathrow after drifting volcanic ash from Iceland forced closure of two European airports.

Air India did not operate its Mumbai-London and New Delhi-London flight. However, its Amritsar-London-Toronto flight is scheduled to take off at 3:30 pm, an AI spokesperson said.

Private carrier Kingfisher cancelled all its flights to London.

"Having assessed the current information received from Eurocontrol, and the trends indicating anticipated closure of the airspace over London Heathrow airport due to fresh contamination of volcanic ash, Kingfisher Airlines has cancelled its flights to and from London airport on May 17," its spokesperson told a news agency here.

The airline, however, said that since the situation was dynamic and changing, it would take a call on its London flights for tomorrow later.

Jet Airways said that all its flights to London were on schedule.

The airspace over London's Heathrow Airport and Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Europe's another biggest air travel hubs, closed this morning as a dense cloud of volcanic ash drifted from Iceland.

The restrictions affecting Heathrow -- as well as Gatwick, Stansted and London City airports -- will be in place until at least 7 a m local time (1130 IST), the aviation authority said.

PTI