Tuesday, June 08, 2021

India-UAE flights suspended until July 6: Air India Express

The UAE has suspended "all inbound passenger movement" from India until July 6, Air India Express has said.

The airline issued an alert to this effect on Twitter on Tuesday. It said the UAE's civil aviation authority has extended the suspension.

It advised passengers to reschedule their tickets for travel at a future date.

Dubai's Emirates had earlier said that passenger flights from India would remain suspended at least until June 30. There was no update about an extension on the airline’s website as at 11.15am on Tuesday.

The suspension of incoming passenger traffic from India to the UAE began on April 24. It was extended on May 4 by the UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) in light of a deadly second wave of Covid-19 currently affecting India.

UAE nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions are the only passengers allowed on flights from India. Chartered flights are allowed as well, subject to approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

However, pooling and seat selling on charter jets from India to the UAE are not allowed.

Several expats are stranded in India, with some resorting to 15-day journeys to return to the UAE.

08/06/21 Sahim Salim/Khaleej Times

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