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.

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“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.

–BERNAMA