Sunday, August 23, 2020

Fewer Indians returning home as Air India Express demand dips

Abu Dhabi: As the demand for Vande Bharat Mission flights has lessened in Abu Dhabi, Air India Express has resumed normal operations from its office on Electra Street.

Facing an unmanageable crowd in early July, Arabian Travel Agency, the general sales agent for Air India Express, had shifted its booking office to India Social and Cultural Centre (ISC) Abu Dhabi in Al Mina.

The number of people seeking tickets had hit 450 in July and touched 500 until August 10, the initial deadline for holders of expired visit visas to exit the country without paying fine. But since then, there has been a gradual fall and in the past weeks less than 100 people sought air tickets as part of the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission, an official from the agency said.

"Earlier in July, it was difficult to manage the crowd. In a bid to comply with social distancing and precautionary measures, we moved to the larger facility of the ISC. But the rush of people seeking air tickets has fallen. From 450 to 500 people, the number got reduced to 100. So, we have moved back to our office," an official said after moving logistics back to the office on Electra Street.

The official doesn't see an upswing in demand for air tickets in the upcoming weeks.
23/08/20 Ashwani Kumar/Khaleej Times
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