Thursday, August 19, 2021

IndiGo to resume flights to Dubai from early Friday morning

IndiGo today said it will resume flights to Dubai from early Friday morning after a brief ban by Dubai authorities.

“IndiGo will recommence flight operations between India and UAE from 0130 IST (2000 UTC) tonight. We have informed all our passengers and any inconvenience caused is regretted,” the airline said in a statement.

The ban was imposed after it carried a passenger to the city state without the mandatory RT-PCR negative test report. The ban, which started on and from August 17th, has led to cancellation of various flights to Dubai.

This would be one of those rare instances, since COVID impacted travel, that an Indian airline has been banned by a foreign country for allowing a passenger without an RT-PCR test. Earlier, Indian airlines have been reprimanded by a foreign country after a large number of passengers tested negative upon arrival. All passengers in the above case had boarded the flight upon showing a COVID negative certificate.

The impact of this ban was not much, as the UAE has not yet allowed all categories of passengers from India. Presently, UAE residents, students, educators, and others that include transit passengers can return to the country or use the Dubai airport.

19/08/21 Economic Times

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