Thursday, July 09, 2020

Air India, Air India Express to fly 'approved' UAE residents between 12 and 26 July in outbound Vande Bharat Mission flights

India's national air carrier Air India and Air India Express confirmed on Thursday that they will be flying eligible UAE residents to the country on flights operated under the Vande Bharat Mission between 12 and 26 July.
The airline announced on Twitter that both Air India and Air India Express will be running these flights for a duration of 15 days and only "ICA-approved UAE residents (returning to UAE from India) on the outward journey will be allowed to fly".
ICA stands for the UAE's Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. A passenger having a valid residency permit of the UAE needs to take ICA approval before taking any flight to enter that country.
The announcement came after the the Civil Aviation Ministry announced on the microblogging site: "As part of the close strategic partnership between the governments of India and the UAE, and with a view to assisting UAE resident nationals who are at present in India to return to the UAE, the civil aviation authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise the following arrangement from 12 July 2020."
According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, even UAE carriers will now be permitted to bring Indian citizens from the UAE to India and carry 'ICA-approved UAE residents' on their return leg.
Currently, an Indian carrier operating a repatriation flight from the United Arab Emirates is not allowed to carry any passenger from here to the Gulf country. Similarly, a UAE carrier cannot carry passengers on the first leg of the charter flight — from the UAE to India.
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