‘We are proud of you’: Read this heartwarming conversation between Pakistan Air Traffic Controller and Air India captain
The exchange of words happened when Air India was operating relief flights from Mumbai to Europe.
Asian News International (ANI) narrates that the Indian flight crew was taken by surprise when it received a message from a Pakistani Air Traffic Controller (ATC), praising their efforts for relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Air India was operating special flights from India to Frankfurt for those who are currently stranded because of the closure of airspaces.
According to ANI, one of the captains operating the special flights said:
“It was a very proud moment for me as well as the entire Air India crew when we heard Pakistan ATC praising our special flight operations to Europe.”
“As we entered Pakistan’s Flight Information Region (FIR), the Pakistan Air Traffic Controller (ATC) greeted us ‘Assalaam Alaikum! This is Karachi’s control welcoming Air India for relief flights to Frankfurt’,” the senior captain quoted what Pakistani ATC said to him.
Following the necessary exchange of information between both, the Paksitani ATC lauded Indian pilots for their relief efforts. Officials say that it was refreshing and motivating to hear.
“We are proud of you that in a pandemic situation you are operating flights, good luck,” the ATC reportedly said.
Following the exchange of praise and thank you, when the captain in charge of the special flights informed the Pakistan ATC that they are not getting the next radar for the Iran airspace, Pakistan also coveted the flight’s position to the Tehran airspace and provided details of the two Air India special flights.
After Pakistan’s airspace, the special flight entered Iran. The captain further told ANI, it ‘had never happened before in his entire pilot career Iran had given a direct route of over 1000 miles’.