Thursday, September 24, 2020

2 Indian airlines banned for flying passengers with COVID-19

New Delhi: The arrival of coronavirus-infected passengers on flights from India remains a concern for other countries at a time when the Indian government is attempting to augment international air passenger traffic through bilateral travel bubbles.

On Tuesday (Sept 22), Saudi Arabia, a key destination for Indian migrant workers, suspended air travel to and from India amid concerns of potential imported cases.

This development comes after two airlines – Air India and Air India Express – were handed temporary bans last week by the authorities in Hong Kong and Dubai for flying in Covid-19 positive passengers to these two cities.

Hong Kong barred Air India for a fortnight until Oct 3, after one of its flights to the city on Sept 18 carried six infected passengers.

The Hong Kong government strengthened regulations this month stipulating that any airline that carries five or more Covid-19 passengers on a flight would be banned from flying to the city, said a report in South China Morning Post. Such a ban would also apply if it operates two consecutive flights with three or more diagnosed passengers.

24/09/20 The Straits Times/Asia News Network /

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