Emirates airline looks set to fly India’s World Cup cricket squad to London next week.
India, one of the favourites for the competition, were booked to fly with Jet Airways but following the recent grounding of all flights, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to make a last-minute change in the travel plans and switch to Emirates airline, according to reports in Indian media.
The team, led by captain Virat Kohli, will depart for London on May 22 on an Emirates flight from Mumbai, via Dubai, to London. The BCCI has been contacted by Arabian Business for comment.
Since the grounding of Jet Airways, airfares from India have been soaring, which meant switching carriers wasn't as easy as normal.
“It’s a challenge but we are addressing it. The team will leave as planned on or before May 22,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by India media.
India’s first warm-up fixture is scheduled to be played on May 25 against New Zealand. India’s opening match in the tournament is against South Africa in Southampton.
Emirates, which is partner airline of the International Cricket Council, will be flying most of the national teams to the tournament in the UK.
The tournament will run from May 30 to July 14, 2019.
Source: Arabian Business