Saturday, December 04, 2021

Did not violate testing norms, American Airlines says in response to Delhi Govt notice

New Delhi: American Airlines (AA) has responded to Delhi government's show-cause notice on alleged violation of 2% testing of passengers arriving from 'not-at-risk' countries by saying that it “believes (its) flight was in compliance with the latest guidelines".

Following emergence of the Omicron variant, India has ordered that all arrivals from 'at-risk' countries and 2% randomly selected passengers from 'non-at-risk' countries, that includes US, Canada and UAE, among others, will be tested on landing here.

The Delhi government had issued a notice to AA on Friday on the grounds that its crew of a New York-Delhi flight did not randomly identify the required 2% passengers for on-arrival testing at IGIA.

Passengers randomly selected “shall be escorted by the concerned airlines/aviation ministry to the testing area on arrival. The GM of the concerned airline is hereby show caused for not complying with the directions...,” says the notice issued by Delhi Cantonment SDM Piyush Arun Rohankar.

Responding to this, AA said in a statement: “American Airlines holds the health and well-being of our customers and team members as our highest priority, and we take care to abide by Covid-19 guidelines and all other rules and regulations established by governments in markets where we operate. We received the notice and believe our flight was in compliance with the latest guidelines, and we have responded accordingly.”

The new testing requirements have come into effect to prevent the spread of Omicron and the notice to AA is the first to an airline for the alleged violation of the same.

04/12/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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