Amid the news of suspension by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Air India Express on Friday evening announced that the suspension of Dubai Flights has been Withdrawn and all flights to and from Dubai will operate as per the original schedule from tomorrow, September 19.
“All Air India Express flights from/to Dubai will operate as per original schedule w.e.f tomorrow, September 19, 2020“, tweeted the airline.
The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority had suspended all Air India Express flight operations to and from the Dubai airport for 15 days saying that the airline had carried a Covid-19 positive passenger on September 4, on flight IX1135, from Jaipur to Dubai.
According to UAE government rule, each passenger travelling from India must carry a coronavirus negative certificate to fly to Dubai. The passengers must undergo an RT-PCR test four days prior to the journey.
However, the situation is now back to normal and Air India Express will be operating all flights to and from Dubai as per its original schedule.
To inform all of its Dubai passengers, the airline has posted a thread of tweets on its twitter handle clearing all doubts and informing how the airline took care of all the issues.
“The notice has been issued on account of erroneous acceptance of one COVID positive passenger by the airline’s ground handling agents at Delhi and Jaipur on Air India Express flights to Dubai on Aug and 4th Sept, respectively,” the airline said.
After the suspension order, Air India Express on Friday said that it had “advised the employees to implement a three-tier checking mechanism to avoid any lapses.”
The airline also mentioned, “Based on the airline’s communication to them, the concerned ground handling agencies have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur,” it added.
In case you don’t know, International flights have been suspended in India since last week of the March due to the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
But the government allowed special international passenger flights operation under Vande Bharat Mission since May.
And, furthermore, in July, India signed an ‘air bubble’ agreement with a few countries to run flight operations to bring back Indians stuck in other countries and send foreigners stuck in India to their homeland untill regular flight services resume.