Dubai suspends both-end Air India flights over violation cause
Published: 01:08 PM, 18 September 2020
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has suspended Air India Express flights flying to and from Dubai for 15 days, for flying two passengers carrying Covid-19 positive test results from India to Dubai on two separate occasions; news Khaleej Times.
The authority, in a notice of suspension to the region of Air India and Air India Express in the Gulf and Mena region, has informed the airline that the 15-day suspension officially began on 12 am on Friday, September 18, and will end on 11.59 pm on October 2.
The notice says, "Boarding a passenger with COVID-19 Positive test result for the second time, is contrary to and is in violation of the laid down procedures and/or protocols relating to air travel to and from Airports in the Emirate of Dubai, during the Coronavirus SARS Cov2 pandemic." The passengers arrived in Dubai on September 2 and September 4, respectively.
DCAA has asked Air India to pay for all the expenditure incurred by the respective authorities for the medical and/ or quarantine of any passengers and other passengers in that flight for any connected expenditure.
"For the resumption of operation to Dubai Airports, you will be requested to submit a detailed corrective action/procedure implemented to prevent such incidents from occurring again, for this authority review and assessment,” the notice added.
Air India Express has been operating special repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission banner since May, ever since India has shut down its scheduled international flights amid the pandemic. However, India has created an air bubble agreement with UAE that is valid till October 31.
The UAE has made it mandatory for all incoming passengers to procure a Covid-19 negative test result. From India, passengers can get the test results from a Pure Health or an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved laboratory.
In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times, Neeraj Agarwal, Consul - Press, Information, and Culture, said a total of 368,000 Indians have been repatriated since the start of the Vande Bharat Mission. Roughly 6,000- 6,500 passengers are flying between both countries every day, with a higher prevalence of reverse migration.
Several passengers who had booked their tickets for the weekend have also begun receiving messages from the airline stating that their flight stands cancelled.