The Air India Express made announcement through Twitter on Tuesday saying UAE has suspended “all inbound passenger movement” from India until July 6. The airline has advised passengers to reschedule their tickets for a future date.
Dubai’s airline Emirates had earlier said that all passenger flights from India would remain suspended until June 30 at least. There was no update about any extension on the airline’s website as at 11.15am on Tuesday.
The flight suspension from all incoming passengers flights from India began on April 24. On May 4 the suspension was extended by the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) as catastrophic second wave of Covid-19 swept across India. UAE nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas and members of diplomatic missions only are allowed on flights from India. Chartered flights are also allowed, subject to approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Afraid of losing their jobs, few expats stranded in India are returning to the UAE via Armenia and Uzbekistan. They spend 15 days in quarantine at these destinations before returning to the UAE.
Passenger incoming from India to the UAE was suspended on April 25. Since then, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and South Africa too have been added to the list of suspended flights.