287 Russians held up for 36 hours in Goa


Around 287 Russian passengers were held up in Goa for over 36 hours after director general of civil aviation (DGCA) refused to give clearance for a Aeroflot flight to land in Dabolim airport.
As DGCA refused to give clearance, the flight could not takeoff from Moscow, Russia and arrive in Dabolim. Finally, when permission was given, the flight landed in Dabolim and took off on Thursday.
Sources in Aeroflot said that DGCA on January 8, had informed the flight operator that the flight cannot be operated as necessary clearances were not granted.
DGCA said that since this was an additional flight, permission was supposed to be granted by the Union civil aviation minister. The reason for the delay in clearance is that the person who grants the permission was out of town, said sources in Aeroflot.
Sources also said that after they approached Goa authorities, and when they took the issue with DGCA, clearances were granted on January 9, late in the evening. But, as a parking slot was not available, the flight was rescheduled on January 10. [TOI]