The first Air India flight coming to New Zealand has been rescheduled to arrive at Auckland airport, instead of Wellington after incessant efforts of the Indian High Commissioner, Muktesh Pardeshi. 

Speaking to the Indian Weekender on Tuesday, May 19, Mr Pardeshi has appealed for calm after his office was inundated with requests for a flight to Auckland instead of Wellington. 

“This is a very fast-evolving situation and we are already in touch with our headquarter and the Air India authorities to schedule a flight to Auckland where a large number of Indian citizens are currently stranded,” Mr Pardeshi had then said. 

It is clear that the lead taken by Mr Pardeshi and his team at the Indian High Commission has yielded desired results with a change in the destination of flight to Auckland. 

Assuaging further Mr Pardeshi said, “We are aware that our communities have numerous questions regarding the formalities, medical screening, quarantine on arrival,”

“We want to assure everyone that we are working to prepare SOPs, and everyone will get clear information and enough time to act upon that information very soon.”

“Till then we appeal everyone to remain calm and safe.” Mr Pardeshi said.