Wednesday, August 19, 2020

192 residents stranded at UAE airports fly back home

At least 127 Bangladeshis and 65 Indians stranded at the UAE airports have flown back home, diplomats told Khaleej Times on Tuesday.

They had flown to the UAE after the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said a pre-travel approval from the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) was not required for residents to return.

According to Bangladesh Ambassador to the UAE, Mohammed Abu Zafar, a majority of the passengers returned on Monday and the rest flew back on Tuesday morning.

"Two flights - Air Arabia and Biman Airlines - carrying approximately 400 passengers landed at the Abu Dhabi International Airport late Friday. Of these, 127 were not allowed to exit the airport," said the ambassador.

He said it has come to his notice that a few more passengers were left stranded early Tuesday morning. The mission is working with the local authorities to help them return to Dhaka.

Neeraj Agarwal, consul - press, information and culture, said at least 43 Indians on an Indigo Airlines flight and 18 passengers on an Air Arabia one from Lucknow were left stranded in Sharjah. "All stranded passengers have flown back," said Agarwal.
19/08/20 Dhanusha Gokulan/Khaleej Times
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