Mumbai, Apr 18 (ANI): The director-general of civil aviation on Sunday gave "go ahead"to Jet Airways and Air India to resume their flights to and from the US and Canada via Athens in Greece from Monday.
The Jet Airways decided to operate flights via Greece from Mumbai and New Delhi to help stranded passengers reach their destinations in northern America.
According to the Jet Airways, the chosen route would avoid the volcanic ash that is currently affecting European airspace.
The airline also plans to resume flights to London and Brussels as soon as London Heathrow and Brussels airports re-open.
As a goodwill gesture, in case of cancellation or rescheduling of passengers' travel plans, Jet Airways has decided to waive off all penalties.
Meanwhile, the national carrier, Air India, has decided to resume its flight to the US from Monday.
The airline will operate its non-stop Boeing 777-200 LR flights, on the Mumbai-New York-Mumbai and Delhi-New York-Delhi sectors.
However, these flights will operate through alternative routes, in view of closure of the European Airspace.
As there is a backlog of passengers due to flight cancellations over the past few days, passengers are advised to contact Air India before proceeding to the Airport.
The call centre numbers from India are: 1800 22 77 22, 0124 2877 777; from USA - 1800 223 7776. (ANI)