Saturday, May 09, 2020

Two more Indian repatriation flights leave Dubai

Two more repatriation flights to India left Dubai on Friday evening carrying hundreds of tourists and expats home.

Air India Express IX 0612 departed at 8pm for Chennai with 179 passengers. The second flight IX 0540 also left for the southern Indian city at 9pm with 176 people on board.

The Indian Embassy in the UAE said more than 200,000 residents had requested flights home.

Priority is being given to pregnant women, children, older people or Indian nationals with health problems.

“Those travelling have to take a mandatory rapid antibody test at the airport. We also keep some passengers on standby. Should there be any cancellations we try to accommodate them on the flights,” said Neeraj Agrawal, consul for press in Dubai.

“Yesterday, one passenger could not fly as there were immigration issues. Passengers who have a fine to pay or have problems with their Emirates ID will not be allowed to board the plane.”
The two repatriation flights that took off from the UAE yesterday were the first of 10 services between the Emirates and India over the next week.
The first flight from Abu Dhabi to Kochi flew out 181 passengers, including four infants.
08/05/20 National
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