Amidst COVID 19 pandemic fear, the British Airways made its first flight to Kerala to pick their citizens back to UK. More than 100 UK citizens were stranded in Kerala amidst CoronaVirus spread and few of them were recovered too. Thanks to the best medical care they received from Kerala. Those recovered passengers have successfully completed their isolation post their discharge from the hospital. The British Airways flight landed in Thiruvananthapuram airport at first and later flew to Cochin International airport. From Cochin, 158 British nationals boarded the flight. it flew back to the UK with a total of 268 passengers on board en route via Bahrain.
The ex-pats of Kerala have made several requests to the authorities to start a direct flight service from Kerala to European countries. Most trips used to be connection flights, wither via Mumbai or Dubai or Doha. The technical difficulty behind operating a directing flight from Kerala airports are that it takes almost 10 hours to reach the European destinations. During such long trips, the pilots needed to be changed and it create some issues for such flights. This can be overcome only if those airlines set up an operating hub in Kerala.

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