Suspension of Abu Dhabi flights by Air India Express rumoured

Suspension of flights leaves fewer options for many workers from Tamil Nadu.

ABU DHABI // Residents planning to travel to the state of Tamil Nadu in India will have fewer options this winter season.

From October 28 until March 2013, Air India Express will cease its twice-a-week Abu Dhabi service flying to and from the Tamil cities of Tiruchi then Chennai, according to the Indian daily The Hindu.

Matthew KJ, an Air India employee at Abu Dhabi Airport, said: "I have heard there will be no flights at that time," when asked about flights to Chennai this winter.

The decision comes despite the flights operating at up to 80 per cent capacity.

Large numbers of migrant workers in the Abu Dhabi area will be affected by the cancellations and will have to opt for either Air India's daily Tiruchi-Dubai-Tiruchi service or other airlines operating from Abu Dhabi such as Etihad, Qatar, Gulf Air and Sri Lankan.

Published: September 7, 2012 04:00 AM