Thursday, September 21, 2017, 9:42 pm

Pilot suffers heart attack while taxiing at runway


A pilot of Dutch carrier KLM suffered heart attack while taxiing at the Glasgow Airport runway in Scotland for a flight to Amsterdam.

The aircraft and a crew helped resuscitate the pilot who was later admitted to a hospital, Associated Press reported.

The airline said that the co-pilot brought the plane back to the gate after the incident. The flight was cancelled and the passengers were rebooked to another flight, AP said.

KLM adjusts schedule to Gulf States

In November, the Dutch airline announced rescheduling its Gulf flights for 2017.

“On commencement of its 2017 summer schedule, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be adjusting its schedule for flights between Schiphol and four Gulf States. KLM will also suspend direct service to Doha (Qatar) from 26 March 2017. This service has proven unprofitable since Qatar Airlines launched direct service to Schiphol in June 2015. Discontinuing service to Doha brings an end to KLM’s 33-year presence in Qatar. KLM’s flights to Dubai remain unchanged,” the carrier said in a statement last month.

“Adjusting the schedule enables us to offer our passengers improved direct connections to the Gulf States. In some cases, this will reduce flight times. The capacity removed from these routes will be deployed for new destinations announced for the start of the 2017 summer season,” said Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO.

The flights to Bahrain, now operated in combination with Doha, will be continued six times a week (currently five times a week). Bahrain is served after a short stopover in Kuwait and back.

Along with Kuwait, Dammam will also be served directly (until now, served in combination with one another). Muscat will be served after a short stopover in Dammam. These adjustments will provide passengers with better connections to Schiphol. KLM will continue to serve Abu Dhabi directly.

Passengers with reservations for flights after 26 March 2017 will be rebooked on the most appropriate alternative flight.

KLM serves six destinations in the Gulf States from Schiphol: Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Dammam, Manama and Kuwait City. Flights are also offered via Paris to Dubai and Riyadh.

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