In a bid to resume international flights UAE and other Gulf countries, Jaipur International Airport has set up a Rapid PCR testing facility.
This comes as a major relief to travelers who are planning their outbound trips to gulf countries for tourism, employment or other purposes from Jaipur forced to travel from Delhi in the absence of a testing facility.
It may be noted that direct flights to Dubai were scheduled to start from September 1, but the airlines could not start operations as the airport failed to set up the Covid-19 testing facility required for international departures.
Green Signal To Resume Flights
As per some media reports, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has given the green signal to resume flights.
“Rapid PCR testing facility is made available at Jaipur International Airport for departing international passengers w.e.f.16.09.2021,” said Jaipur Airport in a tweet.
“There was an issue with the Covid-19 tests, but now we have a proper testing system in place. We have apprised the airlines of the same,” said airport director Jaideep S. Balhara.
“They can start operating whenever they wish to,” he further added.
Surge In Traffic
Dubai Airports are seeing a massive surge in passenger traffic from India since August 3 when the UAE opened its borders to vaccinated residents.
“A slew of mega-events such as the ongoing IPL 2021 and the upcoming Dubai Expo2020 as well as the ICC T20 World Cup has not just sent air traffic soaring, but ticket prices too,” said Mumbai-based travel firm.
“That said, the biggest demand is coming from expats who were stranded in India and now want to return to the UAE,” he noted.
A one-way Mumbai-Dubai ticket on low-cost Indian carrier Indigo, which typically costs around Dh1,000, can now set you back by Dh2,500. Economy class seats are not available on Emirates flights leaving for Dubai from Mumbai on September 25. Business-class tickets cost nearly Rs150,000 (Dh7,479).
Similarly, a one-way Delhi-Dubai ticket on Air India has skyrocketed to Dh2,140 from Dh1,000 just a few days ago. Emirates tickets on the route start from Dh3,490.