Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Flights from September 18 to October 2 Credit: Twitter image

Air India Express flights have now been postponed till October 2 by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority for allegedly bringing passengers with COVID positive certificates and that too twice. This was in a span of the past few weeks alone stated a senior government official.

According to the COVID-19 travel guidelines of the UAE government, each passenger traveling from India needs to showcase original COVID-19 negative certificates. This too from an RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.

The notice of suspension by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
The notice of suspension by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

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According to the senior government official on September 4 a COVID-19 positive passenger traveled on Air India Express’ Jaipur-Dubai flight. His COVID-19 results certificate was dated on September 2. Similarly, yet another incident happened with a passenger on one of the airline’s other Dubai flights added the official.

Additionally, officials also noted that both incidents happened just during the last couple of weeks. Hence, it is due to the aforesaid reasons that the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Flights from September 18 to October 2.

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When Air India was asked about this matter, Air India Express said that they are more focussed on reducing the hardships of the passengers. Moreover, Air India Express also plans to operate its four Dubai bound flights and is scheduled to operate on Friday to Sharjah instead.



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