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Some Flights To UAE Likely “Very Soon” For Indians With Permits: Envoy

Some Flights To UAE Likely 'Very Soon' For Indians With Permits: Envoy

India suspended all scheduled worldwide passenger flights on March 23 (Representational)

New Delhi:

Some flights are prone to be operated from India to the UAE “very soon” for Indians having legitimate residency or work allow for the UAE, its Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna stated on Wednesday.

India suspended all scheduled worldwide passenger flights on March 23 as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Many passengers have used social media to demand resumption of worldwide passenger flights from India to the UAE and different overseas international locations.

“One question is asked on what about the Indian nationals who are in India and they have valid residency and valid work permits for the UAE? When can they fly back from India to the UAE?” Al Banna stated throughout a webinar organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce.

“The problem is not in the UAE. The problem actually, or the point, is in India. India has not opened up their airports. They do not allow the foreign carriers to fly into India,” he added.

He stated the UAE has been speaking and consulting with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) on this matter.

“Hopefully, very soon, we will be able to overcome that and there will be some operations dedicated to those Indians, who are in India with valid residency and work permit and ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approval and COVID-19 PCR test, to be able to travel from India to the UAE,” he added.

He stated the UAE has opened its airports.

“We allow visitors and residents back into the UAE on two conditions: One is that they need to have an ICA approval. They have to apply online. It is very simple. They put their details and all that. And they get the ICA approval,” he talked about.

Number two is that they should have COVID-19 PCR check accomplished not more than 96 hours from the date of their arrival within the UAE, he famous.

The Indian authorities began the Vande Bharat Mission on May 6 beneath which Air India and personal Indian carriers have been working unscheduled repatriation flights for Indians caught overseas through the pandemic.

Foreign carriers have additionally been conducting unscheduled repatriation flights for his or her residents since March 23.

“We fly cargo flights to India. Indian carriers fly from India to the UAE for the repatriation of the Indians who are in the UAE to go back to India. Other than that, there is no commercial airline operating from the UAE, or for that fact from anywhere in the world, into India due to the closure of the airports in India,” stated Al Banna.

Airports Authority of India Chairman Arvind Singh stated on July 2 that India is in talks with the US and Canada and international locations within the European and Gulf areas to determine particular person bilateral bubbles which can enable airways of every nation within the pact to function worldwide flights.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on June 20 stated the federal government will begin considering on the resumption of scheduled worldwide passenger flights in mid-July, when it expects the home air site visitors to succeed in 50-55 per cent of the degrees earlier than the coronavirus.

After practically two months of suspension to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the federal government resumed scheduled home passenger flights on May 25.

However, it had then allowed the airways to function the utmost 33 per cent of their pre-COVID flights. The MOCA elevated the boundaries on June 26 from 33 per cent to 45 per cent.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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