UAE based low-cost airlines FlyDubai and Air Arabia as started selling tickets for regular commercial schedule flights to India and along with other international destinations.
According to the official website of FlyDubai, the sale of tickets for regular passenger flights from June 06 to India and other flydubai destinations around the world are now open.
According to a FlyDubai authorized agent “Flights will take off only if the authorities at the relevant countries allow them to operate,” he explained.
On the refund of flight tickets, he said “Customers will have two options. They can either rebook or take vouchers as a refund. There will be no cash refund.”
FlyDubai spokesperson said that “Flight restrictions remain in place until 04 June and we are currently operating repatriation and cargo flights only. We are canceling flights until 04 June, however, we have not canceled all the flights in our schedule and continue to monitor developments. Further cancellations will be announced as necessary.”
Another low-cost airline Air Arabia has also opened bookings for return flights starting from June 01 to Mumbai, Delhi, Trivandrum, Jaipur, and other destinations.
A return economy fare from Sharjah to Kochi is priced at approximately Dhs1,030 while to Delhi it costs around Dhs885.
However, UAE authorities are yet to announce the resumption of regular commercial passenger flights.
All commercial passenger flights have been suspended from the UAE since March.
Taking advantage of the situation, many travel agents in the UAE have started selling tickets for both flydubai and Air Arabia flights. However, they are still not sure whether these flights will actually take off.
“We are issuing tickets as flydubai and Air Arabia have opened bookings online. But we are not sure whether the flights will take off. It all depends upon the other countries, whether they will allow these flights,” a travel agent in Dubai told Gulf News.
Tickets of scheduled passenger flights are in high demand as hundreds of thousands of passengers specially from India are stranded in the UAE due to flight restrictions over the global coronavirus pandemic.
Likewise, thousands of UAE residents are stranded outside since flights were suspended last month.
Many Indian airlines have also started the bookings on Domestic/International routes from 01st June but still, there is no announcement on resumption scheduled commercial passenger flights from MoCA (Ministry of Civil Aviation) and DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation)
We highly recommend you do not book any tickets right now and wait for the official confirmation from the authorities.
(With inputs from Gulf News)
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