Covid-19: Dubai suspends Air India Express flights

NEW DELHI – The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights for a duration of 15 days from Friday until October 2 for allegedly bringing passengers with COVID-19 positive results twice during the last couple of weeks, reported Xinhua news agency, quoting officials.

According to Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, boarding a passenger with COVID-19 positive test result for the second time was contrary to and in violation of the laid-down procedures and protocols relating to air travel to and from airports in the Emirate of Dubai, during the ongoing pandemic.


“Therefore, all operation of Air India Express to Dubai Airports is temporarily suspended for a duration of 15 days, effective from Friday, September 18 until October 2,” reads a communication from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority.

As per the UAE government rules, each passenger traveling from India needs to bring an original COVID-negative certificate from RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.

The airline has also been asked to submit a detailed corrective action plan or implementation procedure to prevent such incidents from occurring again for resumption of its flights to Dubai.