KLM airline was advised not to board passengers from EU: India Sources

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Royal Dutch Airlines. (Photo: Twitter/@KLM)

New Delhi:  The KLM-operated flight with over 100 Indians which was not allowed to land in India was in contravention to already issued travel advisory, sources said on Saturday.

According to highly placed sources, the airline was informed in advance over the advisory which banned the entry of any passenger from EU or in transit from there into India from March 18.

“Despite the advisory, the airline proceeded with the flight. The advisory clearly stated that all passengers (from or in transit) from EU will not be allowed to enter India from March 18, 5.30 p.m. onwards,” sources said.

Subsequently, the aircraft was sent back to Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, where the flight originated as it was denied permission to land in India.

The incident took place on Friday.